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It’s inspiring to see someone succeed in bringing a dream into reality.

 

In September of 2013, Diana Nyad, 64, made a 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West despite strong currents, sharks and stinging jellyfish that had stopped her previous four attempts… not to mention blistering sun and salt water for nearly 53 hours, little food, throwing up, no sleep and protective gear that hindered her.  Upon making land in Key West, Florida, Ms. Nyad pronounced “Never give up!” – perhaps a bit of an understatement….

It takes courage to continue to move forward in the face of long odds, failures and discouragement.

Did you know that COURAGE is a “muscle”? Well, technically not, but play along with the metaphor…because the more you use your courage, the stronger and more resilient you get!!

It’s amazing what you learn about yourself sometimes. 

Five simple ways to push your potential and find new passions

#1 Be imaginative. Choose outside your box. If you feel a little tweak or twinge, then you are thinking outside your box.

#2 Be brave. Move outside your comfort zone – even if just s smidge…. Anaïs Nin was right when she wrote, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

#3 Be adventurous. Raise the bar on what you think, yes think, you can do. Too often our thoughts of “Oh, I could never do that…” limit what we really can do.

#4 Be impeccable. Keep your promises to yourself. Keep your commitments to others.

#5 Be focused. Bright shiny objects are all around us. Cultivate an environment that allows you to stay focused on one thing at a time. Use your breath to have a relaxed presence and focus on each moment.

Take a deep breath right now and commit to pushing your potential. Share with me in the comments below what first steps you are going to take right now…

It all starts and ends with your desire to move past your fears and beliefs. Make the decision to move, and have the discipline to impeccably follow through.

& filed under Mind, Body and Spirit, Mindfulness.

Breathing is the most often overlooked and underestimated nonverbal AND the first thing other people (unconsciously) see that they judge you on. How you are breathing often determines your success – or not….

Shallow, rapid (fight-or-flight) breathing is considered normal breathing by far too many of us. Yet, shallow rapid breathing adds to the frantic chaos feeling so many of us experience as we go about our day.  It seems like a simple solution, just breathe fully… right? Well, it’s not always that easy, especially when you let the “what-ifs” hijack your mind and run away with your thoughts.

The single, most powerful skill I’ve learned is to control my breathing no matter the situation. Reminding myself to breathe naturally and comfortably, through tick and thin, keeps me thinking clearly, allows for fluid movement and delivers a nonverbal message of confidence and poise.

Breathing is more than supplying oxygen to your lungs.

When you experience a surprise or a shock that takes you out of the moment, you most often gasp, then hold your breath, which will activate your fight-or-flight response! How you breathe also profoundly influences your mood, how your brain functions, how sensitive your nerves are, how tired or alert you feel and shallow breathing activates your “fight or flight” response.

How you are breathing is contagious too. It directly influences those around you. To release your shock and relax those around you, breathe in through the nose and blow (exhale) out through the mouth. Your body relaxes on your exhale, and when you relax, you are able to come back to the present moment quickly.

Know how to breathe

Take full, deep, 360-degree breaths.  A 360-breath is when you feel your ribs and your back expand….  Critical to know: 360-degree breathing amplifies your current experience and it can seem to slow down time.

Breathe!  Just breathe…. It will change your life and when considering the alternative (not breathing) it’s the best option you have!

 

 

“I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.” ~ Steve Martin, actor, author and comedian

 

Quick Tip ===>>  No matter the chaos swirling around you, quick meditations that focus on breathing work to settle your mind. When your mind is settled you can focus on the moment.  Focused breathing will activate your “rest-and-digest” response — the opposite of fight-or-flight, which is activated by shallow and rapid breathing.

To get your own guided breathing meditation, click here>> http://mindfulnessinactionbook.com/  and let us know where you would like me to send your mp3 guided meditation plus you will get a gift of a Survival Guide of All Things Mindful, a Q&A Action Guide and your personal Gratitude Journal.

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The “great gurus” tell us to stay in the moment… and I encourage you to take their advice.

Yet, I know it’s not as easy as it sounds though.  It does get easier and easier with practice, so play with ways to make it easy.

I’ve found a little mantra that works for me to stay in the moment. My “mantra” is a paraphrase of the ending of the movie Way Of The Peaceful Warrior, scripted from the wonderful book by the same name written by Daniel Millman. My mantra is: “Here. Now. The Moment…”

Mantras can snap you back to the moment as all too often autopilot kicks in and moments creep up on us and surprise us.

Surprise is the enemy of being present! Surprise takes you out of the moment and catapults you into the past and/or the future with thoughts like, “What just happened?” “What does that mean?” and “What will happen next?”

“Here, Now, The Moment” reminds me to focus on the now, within that moment, rather than future pacing or past ruminating.

What’s your reminder mantra to come back to the moment?

 

& filed under Be Here Now, Mind, Body and Spirit, Stress Reduction.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
 

~Joseph Addison~

I called a local company the other day to make an appointment… The woman that answered had a smile on her face… even over the phone, I could just tell.

She made me smile by not only her friendly tone, and “hearing her smile, it was the pattern, that included “Thanks for calling ‘X’. This is Linda, how can I make you smile today?”

Those real, authentic, natural smiles are infectious, whether you see them or not…

Remember, it’s often the smallest of things that change the rest of someone’s day. Make it a habit to smile.

Did you know that smiling alters not only the brain chemistry to those who receive our smile, but us–the smile-sender too? Imagine what can happen the next time you choose to smile? I think we could all use a little extra happiness these days.  With cell phones, texting, social networking, email, and more, many of us don’t interact face-to-face much anymore, so how do you “virtually” smile?

It’s easy if you are on the phone – smile. A real smile changes the shape of your face and throat which in turn changes the voice… The easiest way to know if it’s a true smile — are your eyes crinkling? Crinkly eyes = true smile. No crinkles? Phony (or too much botox.)

To send smiles online takes a little light-heartedness. Write notes to others with a little twinkle. Having trouble writing with a twinkle? Move. Go get some fresh air. Change your perspective, write from a different location or just move some things in your office. grab your favorite tea, even try decluttering. Oftentimes changing your location or perspective changes how you sound and feel.   Give it a try and let me know what you find… how did you make others smile today?

Have a great day whatever your adventure!

To Success! To Life!