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Habit 9: We Talk To God

Talk To God

Habit 8: We Talk To God. Yes, this is one of the habits of highly joyful, successful, and content people. This requires you to spend some quiet time each day. And, appreciate instead of expecting. Say thank you. Ask God what His will is for you. Don’t pray only when you ‘need’ something. Talk to God for guidance, and support, and knowledge. Ask how you can serve. Be willing to be your best self. Stay true and be you —

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Habit 7: Surround Yourself With Positive People

Surround Yourself With Positive People

Here are some thoughts by Shawn Lim regarding this habit

Jim Rohn was right when he famously said:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

We simply become like the people we surround ourselves with most of the time.

Think about it, if you want to start saving by cutting down your expenses, but if you mix with people who are not thrifty and who simply spend on things, highly likely, you will not reach your goal.

For instance, when you decided to cut down your expenses on coffees, and when you go out with a bunch of friends, and all of them wanted to go to Starbucks for a drink and a cake, what will you do?

Of course, you follow. And will you just sit in Starbucks and ordered nothing? Will you just sit there watching your friends eating and drinking and all you do is talking to them?

Not likely. Chances are, you’re going to buy yourself a cup of coffee too. So that you look “fit in”, right?

Please understand that this is just an example of how the people you surround with can influence your thinking and decision.

What if everyone you surround yourself with is using the latest smartphone? What if they are all smokers?

Can you see how this can influence and impact your life?

Therefore, if you want to be successful and always stay positive, surround yourself with people who are positive and successful.

Here are

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Habit 6: Failure Is Part Of Success

Habit 6 of Joyful, Successful, and Content People:

We know that failure is part of our success. If you are not willing to fail, then you likely won’t experience success to any significant degree. There is absolutely nothing wrong or shameful about failing. It is a key element to success. Oh, and by the way, show me someone who hasn’t made a mistake in their life or failed at something…I wouldn’t want to be them!

A Failure Lab

A friend of mine has suggested the idea of a failure lab.  What does that mean?  Well, here is an example.  If all the scientist working on curing disease would gather together and share all of their failures, it would speed up the process because others would not be repeating experiments that have previously failed.  We have become conditioned that failure is a bad thing when in reality it is all the failures in our lives that ultimately lead to our success.

Embrace Failure

Let’s agree to embrace failure.  If this is where our winning comes from, why not celebrate each ‘so-called’ failure as a stepping stone to our success?  I have never learned as much when things are going well in my life as when there are some struggle and a few fails.

Have a look at my Facebook post on failure!

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Habit 4: They Read

Habit 4:  They Read

The benefits of reading are vast.  Have a look at Lana Winter-Herbert’s article on Why You Should Read Every Day

When was the last time you read a book or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet?

If you’re one of the countless people who doesn’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

Reading has a significant number of benefits, and here’re ten benefits of reading:

1. Mental Stimulation

Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia,[1] since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.[2]

2. Stress Reduction

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

3. Knowledge

Everything you read fills your head with new

Day 18 Create A Life You Love: Isometric Exercise

Isometric Exercise

It is important that we vary our workouts so that our bodies don’t get used to a certain routine.  Isometric exercise is a great way to shake up what you do in the gym.  The exercise we are demonstration here is a back lunge with a shoulder press.  The isometric hold at the end of the shoulder press forces your body to keep its balance and engage all of the stabilizer muscles.  These holds need to be done between three to five seconds and the exercise can be done 15 to 20 times.

The important thing to remember is to move your body at least three times a week.  And, make sure you ad variety to your physical exercise regime.

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Day 9 Create A Life You Love: Bosu Ball Abs

Bosu Ball Abs

OK, my friends today’s workout challenge is Bosu Ball Abs.  Most gyms have a Bosu Ball.  What you want to do is sit on the ball and do a series of abdominal exercises.  The first is a regular sit up.  Sit in the middle of the Bosu and roll down so your back is parallel to the flow with your feet remaining on the floor.  Then do a regular sit-up bringing your upper body perpendicular to the floor.  Do at least 15 reps of this exercise.

The second exercise incorporates lifting one leg off the floor each time you come to a sitting position.  Alternate legs and continue doing at least 15 reps.  There are hundreds of core exercises you can do on a Bosu ball.  Click here to see an example.  For more of the same do a Google search for Bosu Ball Ab Workouts.  Within seconds you will have thousands of options to choose from.

It’s “Ab Friday” in class so here’s a few great exercises for you! Tighten up that core!

Posted by Kate Grace on Friday, June 22, 2018

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Day 5 Create A Life You Love: Reframe Your Limiting Beliefs

Writing Challenge

To live life by design instead of by default, we must reframe our limiting beliefs.  What is a limiting belief?  It is anything that you have been holding true that is limiting you from doing what you want in your life.  Often limiting beliefs start in your childhood when someone, hopefully unintentionally tells you something untrue that you hang onto as truth.  What is an example of this?  One might be that you don’t have a good singing voice.  Another might be that you are not smart enough to go to college.  And, yet another is you are always going to have a weight problem, it runs in the family.

Reframing Limiting Beliefs

How do you reframe your limiting beliefs?  Well, grab your journal and let’s get after it.  Divide a clean page into two columns.  Label the left-hand column: my limiting beliefs.  Label the right-hand column: my reframes.  Now write down all of the views that are keeping you from creating a life that you love.  Get them all out there.  It is the only way you are going to start managing the way you live your life.  Once you have written them all down go to the reframe column and state these beliefs in a new way that will serve you and assist you in living a full and vibrant life.  Let’s take the limiting belief; you don’t have a good singing voice.  What is the reframe for this?  It could be; I have a beautiful voice, and I

Day 27 Intentional Living: Manage Your Vibration Energy

Manage Your Vibration

I have often said that I am a vibration snob.  What do I mean by this?  Well, I practice thinking positive, joyful, and high energy thoughts.  I watch my words, disciplining myself to speak in a way that adds good energy and value to conversations.  All of this is part of managing my vibration.  Have you ever been around someone who sucks the energy right out of you?  You know the one who is always looking at their world as the glass is half empty.  Their energy and way of being are draining and heavy.  Then there is the person that lights up a room.  The life of the party, everything is good and getting better.  Their high vibrating energy lifts your spirits and brings you joy.  And, the best news about this person is that their energy is authentic.  It is simply who they are.

Be A High Flyer

As you go through your days, pay attention to the vibration you are emitting out to the world.  And, just as importantly, don’t allow yourself to lower your energy to a lower level.  Don’t plug into people, places, or things that are at your same vibration of higher.  If you find yourself in a low vibrating state, then you must do something to change how you feel about things.  Do something that makes you feel good and that inspires good thoughts and deeds.  Be the one who lights up a room!

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Day 7 Intentional Living: Body Scan of Appreciation

Body Scan of Appreciation

When is the last time you said thank you to your body?  I invite you to do a body scan of appreciation.  How do you do it?  Well, start at your toes, move to your feet then up your legs to your hips move on to your waist, fingers, hands and arms and say thank you.  From there go to your rib cage, back, chest, and shoulders and once again, say thank you.  Then move up your neck, face, and to the top of your head and appreciate every inch of you.  Oh, and then there is the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that run throughout your body, the 115,200 times a day your heart beats, the 23,040 breaths you take each day, and the 37.2 trillion cells that compose your body.  This amazing infrastructure works tirelessly for you each day with beautiful collaboration and communication.  And, have you ever thought about how you don’t have to do anything for all these systems to operate as they are supposed to on your behalf?

Take Care of Yourself

Since your body works so hard for you, the least you can do is take good care of yourself.  Be mindful of your nutrition.   Get the exercise and sleep that you need for your body to function efficiently.  And, think good thoughts.  You design your life by the way you think.  If you think good thoughts you will have good feelings.  I suggest a monthly body scan of appreciation.  Do it.

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A Month of Intentional Living

A Month of Intentional Living

I have decided to dedicate the whole month of June to Intentional Living.  Each day, I will share with you via video an Intentional Living challenge.  I hope that you will take it upon yourself to participate in these daily challenges.  Because if you do, you will start to notice remarkable changes in your life.  I live my life by design, not by default.  I want you to start doing the same.  Each day we have an amazing opportunity to create a life that we love.  So for the next thirty days, I am going to give you some things to do that will assist you in mindfully living your life.

Day 1:  Make Your Bed

There’s even a book written about it by Admiral William H. McRaven titled, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life And Maybe The World.  If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Admiral McRaven’s original speech went viral with over 10 million views. Building on