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Habit 2: They Talk To Themselves In The Mirror

Talk To Yourself In The Mirror

Joyful, triumphant, and content people make it a frequent practice to talk to themselves in the mirror.  Are they crazy? No.  Research has shown that there are many valuable benefits of talking to yourself in the mirror.  So what do they say?  Well here are  seven things that people who experience more joy, success, and contentment in their living say to themselves:

1.  There are no mistakes.  Only lessons.

These folks have come to know that making mistakes is part of life.  Their viewpoint is that errors are their pathway to learning and success.  Also, these folks are more content in their lives because they accept the fact that mistakes are often gifts.  They take things in stride and don’t get bogged down in negative thoughts or self-talk.

2.  They are clear about why they started a project or adventure.

They remind themselves often of why they started down a path to begin with, whether it is starting a business, writing a book, entering into a relationship, or planning a trip.  They consistently check in with their decision to commit in the first place.  They also enjoy the growth that comes along with the project or adventure.

3.  They encourage themselves to get it right before they start.

It is much easier to get it right to begin with than it is to right the ship after it has sailed.  They spend the time to think through the details on the front end of a decision.  They don’t rush to a result. 

Habits of Highly Joyful, Successful, and Content People

Keeping A Journal

Why keep a journal?  Well, it is one of the twenty-one habits of highly joyful, successful, and content people.  I have done the reserch and I want to share with you these habits.  The first is that they keep a journal.  There are many good and useful reasons to start this daily practice and embrace the habit.  Darius Foroux explains it better that I so I am sharing his blog post here.  You can learn more about Darius at www.dariusforoux.com

Read This If You Want To Keep A Journal But Don’t Know How

A journal is the best self-awareness tool there is.

Just open any given site that publishes articles on personal growth, and you will find at least one article that says: Why Keeping A Journal Will Change Your Life.

Please stop it for goodness sake. We know it by now!

When I talk to friends, or when I coach people, I always ask: “Do you keep a journal?”

This probably won’t surprise you, but the answer is almost always “No.”

And the funny thing is that everyone knows that they should keep one. But should is not enough. There are a lot of things that we should do—but we don’t do them.

Why? We have no idea HOW to do them.

It’s just like when you were in

By |2018-11-11T11:39:20+00:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A Change of Seasons

Seasons

“Gardening is not outcome-oriented. A successful harvest is not the end of a gardener’s existence, but only a phase of it. As any gardener knows, the vitality of a garden does not end with a harvest. It simply takes another form. Gardens do not ‘die’ in the winter but quietly prepare for another season.”

This quote rings true to me as we are transitioning from summer to fall.  Years ago my favorite time of the year was summer.  I enjoyed the long days and warmth from the sun.  I grew up on a farm and the extra hours of sunlight allowed us to complete the many tasks that come along with tending to the land and gathering the fruits of our labor during harvest time.  Our work days were purposeful and focused.  Every minute counted as we raced against time and mother nature.  The harvest of farming was outcome-oriented.  It is how we made money.  We relied on a bountiful yield of our crops so that we could put food on the table.  Some years were better than others.  That’s how it goes with farming.  You are not guaranteed a certain amount of money at the end of the day or week or month or year.

The seasons served a purpose.  I have come to recognize this in life as well.  We need a reprieve from the long hard days of summer.  Deep work demands deep restoration.  As we are evolving from one season to the next, I invite you to listen

By |2018-10-08T12:18:04+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Willingness Challenge

 Willingness

For the entire month of August, I provided you with a daily willingness video.  Here is a list of the willingness challenges and the links to the video.  Enjoy!

Day 1:  Are You Willing?

Day 2:  Are You Willing to Surrender?

Day 3:  Are You Willing to Stop Doing Things That Keep You From Creating A Life You Love?

Day 4:  Are You Willing to “Be” In The Moment?

Day 5:  The Stop Doing?

Day 6:  Are You Willing To Sit Still Each Day?

Day 7:  Are You Willing To Take Better Care Of Yourself?

Day 8:  Are You Willing To Clearly Communicate What You Desire To Others?

Day 9:  Are You Willing To Be In Conversation As An Honorable Participant?

Day 10:  Are You Willing To Help Me?

Day 11:  Are You Willing To Be Your Authentic Self?

Day 12:  Are You Willing To Take The Road Less Traveled?

Day 13:  Are You Willing To Have True, Useful, and Purposeful Conversations?

Day 14:  Are You Willing To Ask, What Else Could This Mean?

Day 15:  Are You Willing To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others?

Day 16:  Are You Willing To Stop Making Sorry-Assed Excuses?

Day 17:  Are You Willing To Get Some Exercise Each Day?

Day 18:  Are You Willing To Get Out Of Your Routine?

Day 19:  Are You Willing To Do A Bucket List Item?

Day 20:  Are You Willing To Practice?

Day 21:  Are You Willing To Invest In Your Badass Self?

Day 22:  Are You

Day 31: Create A Life You Love

A Great Read

A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end, it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

From the description on Amazon.

https://youtu.be/skbM5UcVGaM Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Day 29 Create A Life You Love: What Brings You Happiness?

What Brings You Happiness

What people, places, and things bring you great happiness in your life and why? It is a proven fact that what you focus on flourishes.  It is my belief that happiness is a choice and therefore who you choose to surround yourself with, as well as the things and places you choose to have in your life will affect your level of happiness.  It has been my observation that those who I encounter who either appear or state that they are not happy have simply failed to make good choices in their lives.

Writing Challenge

It is always a good idea to be appreciative of all that you are thankful for in your life.  Grab your journal and spend some time listing all of the people, places, and things that you have chosen in your life that bring you happiness and record why having chosen them has added to your happiness.

https://youtu.be/V8pHZetzrsE Stay true and be you —

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By |2018-08-09T10:05:41+00:00July 29th, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Day 27 Create A Life You Love: Squat With A Shoulder Extention

Workout Challenge

Here is a simple exercise to work your legs and shoulders.  It is called a squat with a shoulder roll.  Get a Theraband or some dumbbells and follow along.  Do at least 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps of this exercise.

Let’s work your legs & your muscles that keep you upright in Great posture! Have Fun!

Posted by Kate Grace on Monday, May 7, 2018

  Stay true and be you —

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Day 26 Create A Life You Love: 90-Days From Now

90-Days From Now

Get a piece of paper/stationery, and envelope, and a pen you enjoy writing with. Next, write 90 Days From Now at the top. Have a look at the following domains of your life:
1. Family
2. Friends
3. Home Environment
4. Relationship with significant other
5. Money/Finance
6. Recreation/Leisure
7. Personal Development
8. Learning/Creativity
9. Other
Write down next to each that apply to you, what you want your life to look like, feel like, and be like. What you focus on flourishes. What do you want to manifest for yourself in the next 90 days?

Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Day 25 Create A Life You Love: Desiderata

Desiderata

Reading Challenge: Desiderata which in Latin means “things desired.”
The words of this poem written over 90-years ago are my desire for you.
xoxo
Annie

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with
all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to
others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their
story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations
to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain
and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as
your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however
humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of
time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full
of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
Many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is
full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and
disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully
surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to
shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself
with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and
loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You
are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the
stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is
clear to you, no

By |2018-08-02T12:12:33+00:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Day 24 Create A Life You Love: Work On Your Body Balance

How Is Your Balance?

We often hear the term work/life balance.  It is something that many of us strive for and some of us achieve it and others struggle to find it.  Our physical balance is equally important to work on and master.  And, as I have said before, it takes practice.  Here is a workout challenge for you.  All you need is yourself.  No equipment necessary,  I suggest that you put a balance exercise into your workout routine at least once a week.  Having sound body balance is essential especially as we get older.  Give it a go and keep after it!

https://www.facebook.com/Katejgrace/videos/10156308076472381/ Stay true and be you —

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