Starting Fresh, Finishing Strong

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 8:31 pm on Monday, November 30, 2009

Today is the last day of  November and we are on the brink of (at least) a couple of different things- one, the beginning of  a new month- a fresh start, and two, ending the year- and thinking about finishing the year strong.  Starting and finishing all at the same time!  What a mixed up bunch of great energy those two situations can create!

What does finishing the year strong mean to you?

What would you finally like to get done this month before you carry it into the new year?

Who can help you?

What just doesn’t matter anymore that you can let go of?

Take some time to make a plan for the month of December for your business and your life to finish the year in a way that makes you feel proud.  Now is your fresh start to finishing the year strong!

Continuing Thankfulness

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 1:38 pm on Friday, November 27, 2009

This month has been devoted to thankfulness and gratefulness at my blog.  As the end of the month nears, I am thinking about how important keeping the spirit of this thankful time of year present year around would be.

It is great that we have Thanksgiving and the weeks preceeding to bring to consciousness rememberance of all the wonderful things that we have in our lives.  Many people joined me this year in bringing their levels of gratefulness to new levels, and some even taking the Thanksgiving week challenge to write down 500 things they are thankful for.

Though this time of year and throughout the holidays can be magical, realistically we know that every other time of year is just as magical.  It is just that we may be more purposeful about looking for the magic right now.

What if you treated the entire year with the spirit of Thanksgiving?  How would things look better to you in your life if you immersed yourself in gratefulness for the next year, and beyond.

Try these ideas:

Keep a daily gratitude journal all year long.

Write at least on thank you note or email each day to someone who deserves it.

Tell at least one person, in person, each day why you are grateful for them or something they have done for you or others.  Thank them.

How are you thankful for yourself?  Write down a few things each day to pat yourself on the back.  Giving ourselves personal recognition is many times the last thing we are inclined to do.  It is not selfish or self centered- this is for you in the privacy of your journal.   Strengthen yourself with this new habit.

What else could you do to make this next year the most gratitude-filled of your life?

It’s Day 100!

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 12:51 pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 100!!:

Yahoo!!  I made it to day 100 of my 100 day challenge!  Today’s the day!  For those of you who have been following me all along, you will remember that back on August 17 th I began the challenge to post something on my blog.

I am SO thankful to have made it successfully to my goal.

It is funny, at times I felt the end was so far, and now that I have reached it, it seems to have gone by so quickly- can you relate to that?

Because I have devoted this month’s postings to thankfulness and gratefulness, I want to mention why I am thankful for this challenge and what I have received.

I am thankful for the people I have “met” during the challenge- those who were in my challenge group- and all they have shared to inspire me along the way, I am thankful for learning to write more often with less censoring, I am thankful for all of the people- especially my Facebook friends- that have not only read a lot of my posts, but have taken time to comment or to let me know that they have held meaning for them, I am thankful for a place to increase my self discipline, I am thankful for all I have learned about myself and about blogging, and I am thankful for my husband supporting me at times when it was hard or I was tired,  I am thankful for a new chapter to begin!!

What habit would you like to change or attain in 100 days?   How different would your life be in 100 days?

Thank You Power

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 2:08 pm on Monday, November 23, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 99!:

Deborah Norville recently wrote a book called Thank You Power.  In it she says “There is no dramatic difference in people who are wealthy.  Happiness and “thank you power” are not about material things, but rather the moments in your life that have made you feel that life is good.”

According to Deborah, gratitude can help eliminate allergies, headaches and could even extend your life!  “Gratitude helps to un-do stress in our lives.”  More great reasons for expressing our gratitude.

I have been taught for a very long time by many teachers that expressing gratitude for things makes the space for more good to come into my life.  I like that!

Today I began my annual Thanksgiving week list of 500 things I am thankful for.   I have also begun to play the Thank You game.  It’s easy to play and I heard about it from one of my mentor’s Cheryl Richardson.  This is how it works- you go out of your way to express your thanks, especially to those you don’t always think to thank.  Teachers, service people, neighbors, co-workers- doing something nice for them inexpensively- usually with a few kind words of gratitude.

Let’s make this week the most uplifting,  joyful week in recent memory!  Writing thanks, saying thanks- immersing ourselves in gratitude for who we are, what we already have, who we have in our lives and all of the more abundance that is already on its way to us.  That’s thank you POWER!

Thankful for Good Health

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 8:57 pm on Sunday, November 22, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 98:

This year especially, with all the H1N1 going around, flus, colds and everything else, it is a little easier to feel thankful when you are feeling good and healthy.  Sometimes we can take good health for granted, and only after we’ve had a bought with sickness, can we remember to rejoice and feeling our best.

Take time this week to think about how lucky you are if you are healthy and feeling good.  If you are sick this week make good choices to help yourself heal as quickly as possible.  That means taking care of yourself mentally and physically.

When we are well, we are in a great position to be nurturing to those around us who may not be well.  Think to ask- how can I be an extra special blessing to their healing?

What new habit can you start (or re-start) this week to improve your health for the long term?  Start your New Year’s resolutions now- they will serve you well during the holiday season!

Gratitude

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 1:16 pm on Saturday, November 21, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 97!:

Today I am feeling gratitude for being a part of something bigger than just me!  A group of us put our heads together and are putting on a show tonight at the Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre, which was kindly donated for our use.  Our show benefits the Go Red for Women program of the American Heart Association.  Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in women and we aim to raise money for making women aware and to also do so through our actions and events.

Tonight will be no exception- in every way it is community coming together for a great cause.  People came from all directions to help.  I am thankful for what a group of people on a mission can create together!

What passion do you have that you could put to use in helping your community in some way.  Helping others gets our minds off ourselves and what is happening in our world.  In most cases you end up feeling even more gratitude for the life you have.  Pick a charity today- during this season of  love, thankfulness and giving back.  What will you do to make a difference?  What are you already doing?  Share with us!

Thankful for Inspiration, Part II

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 3:31 pm on Friday, November 20, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 96!:

A few days ago I wrote about ideas for increasing the inspiration in your life.  After thinking about it and reading it, I still like the ideas, but one thought keeps occurring to me- inspiration is an inside job in the end.  We can use external forces to give us a start, but it’s what we do with it that counts.

Today I would like to offer some internal ways to find inspiration- I would be thankful if you would add yours to the list by commenting.

Goals- going back to re-focus on your goals is a great way to feel inspired, especially when you re-call the excitement you felt when you first wrote the goals.  Notice how far you have already come and recognize the successes you have already had.

Prayer- tapping into a higher power to ask for help, believing in something bigger than yourself- that’s inspiring!

Gratitude- Here is comes again!  Keeping the daily gratitude journal- when you are not feeling inspired, look at your entries.  Get focused on what is already great about you, your work and your life.

Fun- What do you like to do that brings you joy?  Go do something that you love to do- even if lack of inspiration makes you feel that you don’t want to- listen to you inner wisdom and just go do something fun!  Laughing always changes your state and quickly uplifts you.

Other tools- pull out other things that work to build inspiration like meditation, affirmations and work on strengthening your beliefs. 

As a coach, I work with my clients to help them to put that sparkle in their lives- it comes from inspiration- it’s like that extra something, that icing on the cake.  If you want a life that sparkles, a life that is full, satisfying and delightful- look for ways to keep yourself inspired daily!

What will you do today to raise the level of inspiration in your life?

Thankful, just Thankful

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 9:38 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 95!:

Today, like many days, has been filled with non-stop action.  I am thankful to just be sitting here, nothing moving but my brain and fingers- I am thankful for sitting still!   When I am still I allow space for gratelfulness to come in.  I think back over my day and recognize all of the things that filled it that I am thankful for.

Things like- seeing old friends, meeting new people, somebody lent me something valuable, two other friends each offered dresses for my daughter to wear in a show this weekend, I got to each lunch with my husband and son, I was fortunate to work with great coaching clients, I had a good workout, someone gave me a lead- my list could go on, I can see given the space, I can come up with a long list.

But now sitting still in the quiet, I am starting to feel that the end of the day is here.   And so now I am so thankful for a comfy bed to crawl into!  What things are you thankful for today?

Thankful for Letting things Go

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 10:06 pm on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 94:

As of today I have let something go from my life that has been a discipline for years.  My intuition had been telling me for weeks that it was no longer serving me.  I kept hanging on, after all, I had spent over 4 years of my life being committed to it- how could I let it go?  I have gone around and around and finally decided to listen to my intuition.

Imagine my surprise when I almost immediately have realized the freedom in letting go.  As soon as I let go, I was able to see all the other choices I have now, for my time and for my development.  Some of these things I have wanted to do for a very long time, but didn’t because of feeling conflict with my discipline.

I am so thankful that I let go!  A whole new world has opened up for me!

What have you been keeping around far too long- habits, disciplines, situations, mindsets- that maybe once served you and no longer do?  What is your intuition telling you?  How could you benefit by letting something go?  What opportunities open up to you when you let go?

Go ahead, if you know it’s best, trust yourself and let it go!

Thankful for Inspiration

Filed under: 100 Day Challenge — kdubrul at 9:52 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The 100 Day Challenge, Day 93!:

These days I am finding it completely necessary to keep myself inspired everyday- some days I really have to work on it.  I guess I am lucky in a way that in my line of work I have to keep inspired- otherwise what kind of a coach would I be?

I don’t think I am the only who needs to keep inspired- I think every one of us needs it and I am thankful today for all of the inspiration that is surrounding me all the time.

If you look around- and yes, even this takes some effort depending upon the day- you can find inspiration every where.  There are always books, magazines, and endless online websites.  Biography’s and magazines like Success are always great for me.  Right now I am finding Joel Osteen’s new book- It’s Your Time- very inspiring.  There are recordings of almost every book out there or great places to go for them like www.nightingale.com or www.audible.com

Unless you really live in the middle of nowhere you can always find an inspiring speaker to go hear like I did tonight at Champlain College.  Liz Robert of Terry Bicycles certainly got my wheels turning- no pun intended!  If you do live in the middle of nowhere, there are tons of great speeches on youtube and other sites.

Maybe you get inspired by being out in nature, or getting involved with a cause that means a lot to you.  Meaningful work is so inspiring.

Talking to big thinkers in your life can take you up several levels and fast!  Seek them out.

Give yourself the gift of time and space to be inspired.  Sometimes backing off and taking an afternoon inspiration break- or a full day one- can be such a boost.

Being inspired takes time, effort and action (also known as some work), but the payoff is huge!

When things have looked bleak in the past, what has inspired to most to get moving?

What can you put into place (or back into place) for daily inspiration starting today?

Who can you call right now for an inspirational boost?

Who can you inspire today?  Who needs you and your inspiring energy?  Who’s watching you and counting on your for inspiration? 

You’ve got to get it before you can give it………………..

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