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Dreams

Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear. Doing so brings dreams to life. – Anonymous

How often do you find yourself focusing on all the negatives in your life instead of focusing on your dreams?  Probably a lot.  It’s so hard not to focus on the negatives. We get bills in the mail, horrible news on the television and in the papers. It’s all around us.  But our dreams live inside of us, and those dreams are what we need to focus on.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying ignore what’s going on in the world, or in your life.  You can’t really do that, but don’t obsess over it, don’t dwell on those things and give them all your energy.  Instead, focus your energy, your mind on your goals and your dreams.  Direct your energy on your dreams.

When you focus your energy on the negative, it becomes bigger and more powerful. The opposite is true, when you focus your energy on your dreams, they too become bigger and more powerful.  Where does it make more sense to direct your energy? Do you want to make your fears and negative thoughts grow or do you want to make your dreams grow.

My money is on making my dreams grow.  Take time every day to focus all your energy on your goals and dreams.  Make them grow and bring them to life.

Don’t Be Defeated

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou

Don’t be defeated. It’s kind of ironic that is what today’s post is about when I am feeling incredibly defeated lately. I’ve suffered some setbacks lately, also known as defeats. I’m not letting those defeats define me, and I’m not letting them defeat me.

Setbacks, defeats, roadblocks, whatever you want to call them, they happen.  They happen to all of us. You can face defeat, but don’t be defeated. The struggles that we face may want to cause us to give up. Don’t be defeated. Don’t let the struggles stop you from regrouping and moving forward. That’s what I’m doing. As I said, I’ve faced some defeats lately and I’ve been feeling incredibly defeated, but I’m telling myself, and I’m telling you, don’t be defeated.

Change Direction, Not Your Destination

When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.
– Zig Ziglar

When obstacles or speed bumps get in your way when working toward a goal, you need to change your direction, but not your destination. It sounds so simple when I write it here.  When you’re in the middle of working toward something, and one of those speed bumps crops up, it isn’t always our first thought.  Too often our immediate response is to give up.

That may be your initial response, but doing that isn’t going to get you anywhere.  You can’t give up at the first sign of trouble.  Change your direction, not your destination. Rethink the goal you’re working toward. Is there any other way to get there? Is there something you can do differently? Is there someone you can ask for help?  All those things could be considered changes in direction.

Always keep your goal in sight, and don’t worry to much about the detours you may take on your way to getting there.  When I started college in 1984, my goal was to be a teacher.  It wasn’t the right time for me to be in college, so I left, worked, got married and went back to school, and in 1997, I received my teaching certification, but it wasn’t until many years later that I actually got to stand in front of my own classroom and call myself a teacher.  I may have changed direction, but I never changed my destination, and neither should you.

Take Control

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. – Tony Robbins

Way back when I started Think Positive 30, it was because I wanted to take control of the way I was thinking.  I had been thinking so negatively. Like all day every day.  It was something I did consistently, and it was fast becoming a habit.  It was becoming a very bad habit.

Science says that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.  When I started Think Positive 30, I decided to tack on the extra 9 days to really ingrain the habit of thinking positively.  I’m happy to say that it’s pretty much worked.  Simply put, I decided to take control of my thinking and make it more positive.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t think negatively. Nope, I can get as negative as the next person.  But I don’t stay that way.

I’ve learned that as Tony Robbins said, what I do consistently shapes my life, and that includes thinking positively.  I get mad, I get angry and then I try and reframe it, or move past it.  I do whatever I have to do to take control of my thinking and move past the negativity.  I’m shaping my life.  But remember, it works for everything.  What you do consistently will become a habit.  Take control of your life and shape it into the life you dream of!

 

Past Mistakes

Free yourself from your past mistakes, by forgiving yourself for what you have done or went through. Every day is another chance to start over. – Unknown

I tend to let my past mistakes consume me at times.  See, I’m not very good at forgiving myself, and I’m very, very good at beating myself up.  It’s not really a skill I want to have, nor is it a skill I want anybody else to have.  The only thing worse than obsessing over past mistakes is negative self talk.

I don’t know why other people do it to themselves, and I don’t know why I do it to myself.  I don’t know why I get hung up over past mistakes when I know, just like you know, that tomorrow is a new chance to start again.  I think we’re all really good at forgiving other people for mistakes they may have made.  Do you hold on to the fact that your three year old spilled her milk at dinner?  No, you clean it up, you let her know that it’s okay, it’s just an accident, you get a new glass of milk and you move on.

Don’t you deserve the same kind of forgiveness? You do, and so do I.  Work hard to forgive yourself and let go of past mistakes. You get to start again with every new day.

 

Every Day

With every rising of the sun Think of your life as just begun. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Every day when we wake up, we are gifted with something simply amazing. A new day.  I know it sounds really trite, but I’m completely serious.  Every day is a new chance to start over, or to start something new.  There are all sorts of quotes that say today is the first day of the rest of your life.  You can roll your eyes at them all you want, but it’s true.  When the sun rises we can start all over again.

I know that we’re not supposed to go to bed angry, but sometimes, I do.  But in the morning, it’s gone.  It’s a blank slate.  This works really well for me in school with students.  There are kids that are incredibly gifted at pressing  buttons, and they know just what to say and do  to get a reaction from someone.  I am human, I get angry, but the next day it’s like that interaction never happened.  We will address the behavior, but for me, it’s a fresh start.

What’s really cool, in my mind, is you can modify that to every hour is a new chance to start something new.  Messed up your diet?  Don’t wait until the next day to start again, start again right then and there.  Mess up something at work?  It’s okay….fix it and start again.  Don’t get hung up on what was and what happened, because you have this great opportunity to just start again each and every day.

Aging Gracefully: Health and Safety Tips for Seniors

 

 

 

 

 

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Aging Gracefully: Health and Safety Tips for Seniors

by Maria Cannon

Aging gracefully involves many things; staying healthy is a priority, but safety is also a crucial part of getting older. For many seniors, making sure their home and lifestyle are in line with those imperatives can be difficult. You may have a disability that makes things a bit more challenging, or you might be on a budget that requires you to limit the amount of money you spend on improving your home to make sure it’s safe and accessible. Many seniors find it hard to get used to a different diet when they’re focusing on their health, especially if they’re living with diabetes or other conditions that require big changes.

 

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to boost your health and safety no matter your age or lifestyle,starting with maintaining or adopting the right mindset. Everything that’s going on in the world, combined with the challenges we all face on any given day, can make it easy to focus on the negative. But positive thinking can help improve your health and help you live longer. The key is to be intentional with your thoughts and reactions, focus on what’s good in your life, practice gratitude, and surround yourself with positivity.

 

Once you have your mind right, you can move on to more specific goals. For example, you might consider looking for a grant that will help you pay for modifications to your home, or working out a spending budget for the week that will allow you to cook healthy meals at home. With so many ways to stay healthy, you have plenty of viable options. Keep reading for some wonderful tips on how to get started.

 

 

 

 

Look Over Your Medicare Plan

 

Medicare is crucial for most seniors, but it doesn’t always cover everything you need. Supplemental insurance, such as a Medicare Advantage Plan, can help pay for extras such as dental and vision insurance and prescription medications. This is a huge benefit for seniors who are on a budget but have health issues they need to prioritize. Look at the website to learn more about this type of plan and how it can help you save money, but take special note of the open enrollment period, which runs between October 15 and December 7 every year.

 

Pick Up a Hobby

 

Hobbies can be invaluable for many seniors; not only does it provide relief for stress and anxiety, but it can also help you stay social and boost your mental and physical health. Think about the things you enjoy doing the most and work them into your routine. Whether it’s gardening, reading, or playing a sport, practicing a hobby you enjoy can help you feel good about yourself and can even help keep you happy. Hobbies that include friends or loved ones are even better.

 

Modify Your Home

 

Because your home should be a safe and comfortable place, it’s important for you to go through each room and take a look at how accessible everything is. Would a grab-bar or seat make showering easier? Would changing the flooring prevent slips and falls? Home modifications are common for seniors and individuals with disabilities, but they can be costly if you don’t have a good plan. Look online for information about grants that may be available in your state.

 

Get Enough Rest

 

Many seniors find it difficult to get adequate rest, either because of a physical ailment that makes sleep elusive or because of stress. You can prioritize good rest by making sure your bedding is comfortable, that your diet contributes to a healthy sleep routine (cutting out caffeine and eating foods like turkey and yogurt can help significantly), and exercising daily. With better sleep comes an improved ability to cope with stress, which will help with your overall well-being.

 

Staying healthy and safe well into your golden years can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful undertaking. Start a new plan for your lifestyle, and look for small ways you can change to avoid becoming overwhelmed. With some preparation, you can ensure that your mind and body stay healthy for years to come.

Character

Character is the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life… is the source from which self respect springs. ~ Joan Didion

 

Challenges

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua Marine

Life is full of challenges.  If you don’t have any in your life, you are either totally blessed, or you’re not really living your life.  There are obstacles and challenges no matter where you look.  I don’t know if I necessarily agree with the author of the quote saying they make life interesting.  I personally think that some challenges can be stressful, or overwhelming.  Some challenges can even make you want to give up and quit.

But most of us don’t quit. We persevere, we push forward and we conquer our challenges.  The author of the quote says that’s what makes life meaningful. I’m not sure I agree with that.  Success isn’t what makes life meaningful to me.  Being the best person you can be is what I think gives likfe meaning.  However, overcoming challenges will bring about feelings of joy and satisfaction.

Live your life to the best of your ability, and face the challenges that come your way.  Face them with grace, strength and determination and enjoy your life.

 

 

 

Free Yourself

Free yourself from your past mistakes, by forgiving yourself for what you have done or went through. Every day is another chance to start over. – Unknown

There is nothing more painful to deal with than our own self-imposed guilt.  I like knowing that you can free yourself from the guilt if you choose to do so.  That’s the thing, thought.  A lot of people choose to hang on to guilt and beat themselves up over past mistakes, myself included.

I don’t know why people do that, again myself included.  If someone you loved, or someone you worked with made a mistake, would you hold it against them for years and years and continually heap abuse on them for making that mistake?  Probably not, yet if you’re like me, you have no problem doing it to yourself over and over again, and it’s just not healthy.  I can be driving down the road minding my own business when something that happened years ago will pop into my head and I’ll start beating myself up for it all over again.  I need to forgive myself and free myself for my past mistakes just like you need to free yourself.

The great thing about life, as the quote says, is that each day is a chance to start all over again.  Leave the past where it belongs, in the past, and leave the guild where it belongs, and that’s in the proverbial trash.  Let go of the guild, let go of the anger and start forgiving and free yourself.

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