Puppies Behind Bars, giving back to society

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Happy New Year everyone!

Giving back to society is an important way to maintain your own motivation.

In an article found in the New Yorker magazine, you can find a description of a program called Puppies Behind Bars it details how veterans who are suffering PTSD are assisted by prisoners and dogs.

The program serves as a way to help people in prison cope with not being able to see their families and keep their minds occupied with doing something positive for the world.

This program pairs up dogs with the prisoners.

The prisoners then, in turn train the dogs to work with PTSD veterans, to cope with their symptoms.

This is a wonderful and positive program helping those imprisoned in a building with those imprisoned in their own minds by disturbing memories.

There is a video for you to watch.

If you can, please donate time or money to a worthy cause.

Let’s help veterans and prisoners stay motivated for a better future.

“No one has ever become poor by giving”. —Anne Frank

 

 

 

 

 

Can you motivate yourself?  

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Can you motivate anyone to do anything?

The methodology behind motivation is to provide incentives to to do something.

The best way to do this it to come up with a strategy.

These strategies need to be effective in order to work.

It is similar to the “yes” theory.  

Say “yes” to everything and it will open doors for you that you never imagined.

 “Yes” can get you to meet new people, experience things you never did or thought of doing before.

Try to have unlimited thinking.  

Try and talk to yourself positively.  

If you hear your inner self put yourself down, work to eliminate that talk.  

Think happy thoughts, even when you are at your lowest point.  

Conjure up a good memory and smile.  

You will notice an instant feeling of happiness run through you.

Go out now and live life, if you’ve been asked to go somewhere and you said “no”, fix it now by saying YES.

In the book: “Year of Yes”

Shonda Rhimes lays out how “yes” her life.  Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. 

“We must be prepared, at any moment, to sacrifice who we are for who we are capable of becoming.” — Charles Dubois

Commit yourself to joy

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C.S. Lewis once said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven”

Everyone needs joy in life.  

Think of things that bring you joy.  

It could be something as simple as looking at a flower or watching a sunset.

Life can become mundane and repetitive.

Stop every once in awhile and try and find a little joy.  Even if it is for a moment.

Right now think of 3 things that bring joy to your life.

Whenever you find yourself down, try and think of these things.  It will help to lift your spirits.

There are many ways to motivate one’s self, and joy is just one of them.

Reflecting on a wonderful year in your life and looking forward!

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Named for the two-faced Roman god Janus, January is a time to look back – and forward.  Janus is the god of beginnings and endings, of doorways and gates, of time and transitions, and passages, as he looks to the future and back to the past. For without reflection on the past,  the dream of a new, bright future is hard to imagine.

The end to the year is here – and the beginning of another is upon us. December 31 and January 1 – we straddle the past and the future, the end and the start.

This is what I’d like you to do today, on the very first day of the New Year.

I’d like you to reflect on your year in its totality – between January 1st and December 31, 2016:  the hard times and the tears, but the great times, too. There is always at least one – and, if you reflect, there are many, many more.

Okay. As you reflect, write down all the amazing things from 2016. Handwrite them – don’t type them. There’s something about writing by hand – from your heart to your hand, from your soul to your hand – that makes those great things seem even more real.

Here are some thought starters for you. Write yours down in a list, and really think about how each made you feel – and why.

  • A new child in your life
  • A degree in school
  • Paying down (or paying off!) a debt
  • Moving into a new home
  • Finding or rekindling love
  • Planting a garden
  • Creating a painting
  • Writing a book/play/song
  • Being cancer-free
  • Adopting a shelter pet
  • Landing a new job
  • Being with family and friends
  • Volunteering at the soup kitchen

Now, once you have that list and have reflected on each one, tear each good thing into its own strip of paper, fold it once or twice, and put each “blessing” in a jar that you’ll label “2016.”

Guess what? This is going to prepare you for 2017. For any hard times, for any pain. You can go right back to that jar, close your eyes, and pull one “great 2016 moment” from the jar.  The good from the previous year can get you through any rocky times in the coming year.

And now that you know how buoyant that feeling of fabulous is, I’d like you to get a jar and label THAT, “Sensational 2017.”  DO IT NOW.

This time, you won’t have to wait until the end of the year to write everything down. Now, every time something good happens – no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be – write it down on a strip of paper and place it in the jar. As you do this, think about how this star of happiness made you feel. Why did it make you feel that way? Was it because you proved to yourself you could do “it” – whatever that it may be? Or was it because it made your heart happy?

You want to focus on moments that light your soul, engulf your heart with happy, and inspire your mind.

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it”-  Amelia Earhart 

So what are you waiting for?

Send us some of your inspirational events so we can share in your accomplishments!

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

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“When there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit.” –

Hillary Rodham Clinton,

former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and Democratic Nominee for President

 

No, this is not a political post.

Rather, it’s about life: your life.

 

Think back. How many times in your life did your negative thoughts entrap you? Maybe you didn’t realize it at the time, or perhaps you don’t even realize it now. But negativity constructs walls, topping them off with an impenetrable ceiling, creating a nearly indestructible box from which you can’t escape.

 

Or so you think.

Mind and thoughts are powerful entities. Emotions, too, generate their own power.

Together, they have the power to dictate your physical experience.

 

Yes, we face our own share of challenges every day. A challenge for one person might not seem like a challenge for another. It’s in the way we observe, process, and navigate the challenge. It’s our total capacity for life and everything it throws at us (or serves us). Some people have a large capacity and higher tolerance for challenge. Everyone has a breaking point, though, and most of us know when we’ve approached it: short temper, impatience, exhaustion, negativity.

 

But I know from experience – my own and others close to me – that optimism in the face of heartbreak, or soul crush, or physical illness helps to set the tone and the course of the outcome.

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When we think in terms of limits – whether a ceiling, walls or a situation – we can’t see the way out. Such is the nature of limits. We limit ourselves in our thinking and outlook. We construct limitations for ourselves because we’ve probably never pushed ourselves to our real limits.

 

I’m convinced we don’t know what our real limits are until we are thrown into a situation, or until we unhook ourselves from our own tired worldview. I’m also convinced that optimism shines the light on possibilities, illuminating a new road or a new opportunity for us.

 

Being optimistic isn’t easy – but it gets easier when you develop the habit. Negativity is draining mentally, physically, and emotionally. Why go down the rabbit hole to the dark side? Re-train your mind to focus on positivity. Pay attention to your thoughts and your words. Pay attention to every thing, every situation. Keep your eyes and your heart open. Look at the world and yourself with positivity and optimism.

 

Pretty soon the ceiling and those walls will fade, and a blue sky with a shining sun breaks through or a wide open velvet night with stars sparkling comes into view. Both are beautiful, and both contain potential.

 

The sky is the limit – which is limitless.