Today I want to share a few inspiring words for those who may be struggling with a lack of self confidence. This post was inspired by a conversation with a friend about the availability of inspiring messages if we are willing to open our eyes and minds to view and understand them.
Here’s one example, I remember watching Coach Carter, a movie about a basketball coach who dared to teach his players the value of academics, personal respect and true teamwork. During the movie there is a scene in which one of the basketball players who has realized the importance and applicability of the expectations his coach demanded of them and he thanks him by reciting an inspiring passage. The passage recited is likely based off a quote from Marianne Williamson.
In case you don’t have time to review the clip, the quotation is as follows:
What is your deepest fear?
Are you playing small?
It is my hope that you liberate yourself from your own fear and give yourself permission to be a beacon of light for someone else.
Til next time,
“We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.” – Marianne Williamson
Welcome to the first full week of work in February 2019. Last week you may have been blessed to enjoy time off to celebrate the Super Bowl with family and friends. But now it is back to reality and back to work – whether for yourself or someone else – work never stops. Even when you are unemployed, you still have to work – work at finding a job or work at your identifying what you want to do next.
I don’t know about anyone but it seems no matter how hard I try, there are times in which I feel like I am on autopilot and doing the same things over and over with no momentum. The only positive aspect of this pattern is that I can recognize it for what it is and take some type of action to move myself forward. BUT I remember when there was a time when I couldn’t. It seemed I was stuck in a rut and couldn’t get off the hamster wheel.
Today I want to share some wisdom from a few of the world’s great self help teachers – Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Phil and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. Courtesy of OWN TV, these notable coaches offer Three Things To Do When You Feel Stuck In a Rut.
The steps are relatively simple and their explanation of each step is worth giving three minutes and seven seconds to hear the teachings (3:07 viewing time):
1. Get a vision – Iyanla Vanzant
2. Create a starring role in your own life – Dr. Phil
3. Get out of your own way – Michael Bernard Beckwith
Til next time,
“You can start with nothing. And out of nothing, and out of no way, a way will be made.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith
I spent the weather holiday laughing with my baby Win watching a children’s show called Masha and the Bear on Netflix. The show had minimal words spoken by Masha (a cartoon toddler little girl) who somehow communicates with her animal friends throughout the story. The animals don’t talk but they always find a way to communicate and laugh together. Those animals helped me to laugh away my frustrations of life and with the negativity gone, it seemed a little easier to return to the tasks on my to do list.
As the week returned to its normal hectic schedule, whenever I needed a mental pick me up, I spent a few moments watching and listening to things which would make me laugh some of my tension away. A massage not bubble bath and wine was available so laughter became my choice of relaxation.
A few times I found myself turning back to kid entertainment shows and laughing until I had to remind myself that I was in fact an adult watching a kids show. Now I find myself looking for opportunities to laugh everywhere I go.
Laughter is after all proven to provide multiple health benefits. Help guide.org indicated a few benefits as:
- Decreasing stress hormones
- Increasing immune cells and infection fighting antibodies
- Triggering the release of endorphins
Mayoclinic.org also details benefits as:
- Increase of oxygen rich air
- Relief of pain
- Improved mood
With benefits like these, no wonder I am enjoying these silly episodes of Masha and the Bear, Are We Adobe Yet, and The Big Bang Theory. In case you need a little more inspiration, below are ten quotes on laughter.
Quotes about the Power of Laughter:
- “If laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them.” – Dr. Madan Kataria
- “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” – Phyllis Diller
- “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” – Lord Byron
- “An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.” – Tom Nansbury
- “Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.” – James Langston Hughes
- “A day without laughter is wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
- “Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle
- “Laughter is America’s most important export.” – Walt Disney
- “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” – Bob Newhart
- “A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” – Shirley MacLaine
Til next time,
“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” – Maya Angelou