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Five Ways to Motivate Yourself

Sometimes finding the right motivation can be hard.  For instance, getting up in the morning is one of the hardest for me.  But what get me motivated is knowing that I have new opportunities to look out for everyday.  It’s either get up or don’t go to work (I can’t afford to loose money)  There has to be some great tools you use to motivate yourself.  Here are five ways you can stay motivated!

 

  1. Play Your favorite music on your phone or on the radio.  Music can be great therapy when you feel like you are down in the dumps or you just don’t feel like doing anything.  If you have planned your goals for the rest of the year, then maybe getting through your day would be some quick tunes in your ear.  What is your favorite song that you have on repeat? (I know you have about a few, because I surely do!)
  2. Write down the reason why you started in the first place!  If you have a dream or a goal that you are trying to achieve, then ask yourself what made you start? Was it because you are a single mother with kids and you want them to become better than you or you have a whole lot of people counting on you? Whatever it is, write it down, meditate on it for a few minutes and get to work!
  3. Your haters! Of course they should motivate you because they are the ones who talk down on you and they definitely don’t want to see you prosper in life.  So proving them wrong is great motivation! Don’t give up and give them the benefit of the doubt!
  4. Self-encouragement.  When no one else is rooting for you or encouraging you, then it’s your job to motivate your own self.  Not everyone will do that, so it’s very important that the only person you rely on is yourself.
  5. Last, but not least reward yourself! After all of the hard work that you have put into the day of achieving all of your goals and building networking relationships with other business-minded people, it’s time to relax, pump the brakes and treat yourself to something nice.  After all, you deserve it!

 

REST, RENEW & RECHARGE YOURSELF!

Ah! when was the last time you took more than a few moments to rest from the daily pulls of life?  Seriously the demands of life here on earth in the current times we live in can place a strain on even the strongest people we know.  God never intended us to get so busy with the affairs of our lives that we never take the time to rest in the most sincere yet simplest forms of relaxation. When was the last time you took a long-winded walk around your neighborhood or local park just to do so? If your response is two weeks ago or longer – you may not be resting intentionally in order to renew yourself for your best interest and those family members and loved ones who are counting on you to live a long life. I happen to love running, cycling and live a very active lifestyle that also involves caring for my two daughters but even with my active lifestyle and as a vegetarian – I recently heard the Holy Spirit whisper Rest, Renew & Recharge! You see in the beginning when God completed creation in 6 days, he rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:2). Even the Most High God knows we all need rest for he created rest. 

If I am being totally transparent, as a single mom – the word rest has always sounded a bit foreign to me because I used to believe I needed to complete a majority of my long list of action items before resting. Perhaps you too have an extremely busy lifestyle that involves working full-time, caring for your loved ones and quite possibly your parents.  Listen, Jesus knows all the past, present and future demands you will ever face but in order to Renew – you must first find Rest. Your mind, heart, blood pressure and body will all thank you in the long run! Do not wait until you are faced with a health scare before you take the necessary rest you need. Consider good rest will lead to the re-establishment of your health in Christ Jesus! While this may be easier said than done, if you lead a busy lifestyle – make sure you seek the Lord’s help in showing you how to rest. One simple way I have found rest is by purposely leave my cell phone downstairs during my much needed rest period. Yep – I simply place my device in silent mode and disconnect from the world to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Our bodies are not electronic devices powered by batteries intended to operate in non-stop mode, No! we are limited human beings created by an unlimited God so rest is found first in our Heavenly Father. 

So here’s to your goal of Recharging your body, mind and spirit. To Recharge simply means to regain energy or spirit! To fulfill all the things God has purposed us to do in the earth, we must regain energy expended during the course of our daily demands. What I know for sure is that my daughters are depending on the best version of me to take care of them. I simply cannot give them that best version unless I intentionally press pause on the pressures of this world, renew my mind in Christ Jesus by getting the much needed rest the Father intends for me to have.  Likewise you cannot be superwoman or superman to anyone while you are exhausted from the cares and demands of society.  Remember we are reminded in Matthew 11:28 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Here are a few simple ways to add relaxation back into your daily routine:

Unplug your phone for an hour; Grab your journal, favorite cup of tea and sit outside for 30 minutes while you write a letter of gratitude for the many blessings you already have

Schedule a 1 hour massage which can help to relieve tense muscles.

 Research shows those who intentionally unplug by resting purposefully are more productive in fewer hours than those who do not. 

May we find comfort in Psalms 23:2 “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams” (NLT).  I am standing in agreement with you as you Rest, Renew and Recharge for God’s glory!  Remember, you were fearfully and wonderfully made for such a time as this!

~Amadi E. Leaks

 

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Strength for the Storm

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29-31

Weekly, if not daily, people continue to tell me how strong and courageous I am. I normally smile and nod but the truth is – I once had trouble believing.  

For a couple of years, my overall strength waned. More times than I care to admit, I secretly would tell myself that I was not strong and I was not courageous no matter what I was told. I felt my physical and mental state proved it. There were mornings I couldn’t walk two feet, days where I cried and sulked in my tears and moments where I felt like my entire world was over.

That attitude caused me to reject every encouraging word I received. It caused me to think, “If I was so strong then why can’t I or why am I.” It was a battle I faced for many years until one day I began to pray.

Lord, help me to believe. I don’t see the strength they see. I don’t feel strong. I feel frail and fearful. I need you.

As a result, God blessed me with three things:

  • Strength
  • Peace
  • Community

Strength – In Psalms 73:26, it reads, my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. God strengthened me as I could not strengthen myself. He gave me the perseverance, reinforced my endurance and continues to make me stronger. Through him I am strong.

Peace – In John 14:27, it reads, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. He gave me peace. The peace I needed to withstand the storm. No matter what the doctors said, I found myself at peace. My mental wasn’t as disturbed as it once was and I was finally able to pray and not worry.

Community – God assembled my village. He reassured me that I could accept the encouragement from family and friends. This included – A husband that would perform countless physical and emotional acts. A father who would uplift me when I couldn’t uplift myself. A mother and a grandmother who would pray with and for me. A brother and a sister who would encourage me on a daily basis. A best friend/brother that would pour spiritual life into me. Two beautiful cousins that would physically support me when I couldn’t physically do for myself. This was my village and this village played a part in my strength.

Over the years my attitude changed. I now felt like I could conquer the world. It wasn’t over for me.

I don’t know what you’re going through. Maybe you’re still waiting for him to bless you with the strength to fight your own personal obstacle(s). Perhaps you’re where I was years ago – struggling and needing God to strengthen you. Whatever it is just know that the trials and tribulations are only temporary. He will provide you with whatever it is you need to get through. Try not to give up! He loves you and he cares.

Teresa Adams, Health & Awareness Blogger

 

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P.U.SH. Through it All!: Take it to the next Level

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Are you feeling stuck? I encourage you to PUSH yourself into the next level. Sometimes, we’re waiting on everyone else to move, and the hold up is ourselves. We’re waiting on the sign from God, the unexpected phone call, the surprising email or text message, that’s going to change everything. Not realizing, that we have everything we need right in front of us.

All we need to do is PUSH our selves into the next level. Try something different, go a little further, think outside the box. Maybe it’s your prayers, nothing is moving in your life because your prayers are the same, you have learned how to recite them daily quite nicely, saying the same thing every morning, every night. I challenge you to PUSH! Change your prayers up, start declaring things through your prayers, stop asking and start thanking, change the times you pray, increase your prayer times, get bolder!

Doing the same thirty minute workout? Is it working? I challenge you to PUSH! Increase your days, increase your times, increase your steps, try a new workout. Drink more water, eliminate sweets. PUSH!

Working on a master plan? Want things to change at work? Want to own your own business one day? Want to start a ministry? Then what are you doing? Are you thinking about it, or are you going forward with it? I challenge you to PUSH! Change your way of thinking, and start doing! Create the business plan. Work on that promotion, present new ideas, start the ministry, you already have the tools, it’s in your daily habit…. PUSH!

I dare you, no I challenge you, to PUSH yourself into a new level today!

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Amara L. Russell is an author of the novel A Rare Diamond and Nspired.  She is also a writer and blogger as well.

You can check out more of her work by visiting her blog site http://www.nspired2write247.com and check out her books on Amazon. 

 

7 Reasons Why Life is Amazing

We all have one life to live, so why not live it to the fullest?!  Here are some great reasons on why life is so darn amazing!

  1. Living up to your Dreams!  You are finally getting the chance to do what you have always dream of as an entrepreneur or a visionaire.  Take one step closer to your dreams and then stand on top of the world!
  2. Doing what you Enjoy the most!  Just like what I’m doing now; writing on a motivational piece that will empower you all that are reading 🙂 Without life, I wouldn’t be able to do just that!  Whatever you enjoy doing in life, JUST DO IT! Whether it is walking your dog every day, mowing the lawn, surfing or maybe making jewelry, continue to live up to your potential and enjoy your hobbies!
  3. Having Freedom! Other countries doesn’t have this type of privilege just like in the United States, but we all have the freedom and luxury to do what we want to do (just don’t break any laws doing it lol) and enjoy them to the fullest!  Don’t you just love being free and going outside to smell the roses anytime that you want to?
  4. Being Sociable!  You can go to your favorite spot every weekend and just have a great time with friends or family.  Living your life while being sociable and having a great time! Life can be just that good!
  5. You are still alive! What a great reason this is to why life is so amazing! You always hear on the news that innocent lives are taken away from people that haven’t committed any crime or hasn’t done anything to get caught up with the wrong crowd.  From children to adults, lives are taken away every second.  So be grateful that you are still alive and that you still have breath in your body! Life is too short so never take it for granted!
  6. Accomplishing your goals! Just like your dreams, you can achieve all of your goals one day and one step at a time!
  7. Create Memories! What type of world would you live in if you couldn’t create any memories? Create special moments of your life and each year and live up to your expectations in life.  Whether they are bad memories, sad memories or good memories, it’s still part of your amazing life!

So now do you see why your life is so amazing? 🙂 Live to Learn and Learn to Live!

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