The plateaus of life are simply part of our journey. Learn to love them and keep moving forward.
—Calm App Reflection
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I recently watched the Netflix series on the Tour De France. I haven’t ridden a bike in years, and was surprised how this event captured my spirit of adventure and ongoing desire for excellence.
The twenty-one days over which this event is held is one of the greatest tests of grit and endurance I’ve ever seen.
The 170+ riders face grueling mountain climbs, bumpy cobblestone roads, and downhill runs where speeds of over 80 miles per hour have been clocked. Of course, there are plenty of flat parts where the peloton pushes forward at a pace that has the riders wiz by, cheering fans in a blur.
What races are your running these days?
How hard do you push yourself on difficult uphill climbs? How fast do you go when the grade of life is downhill?
What is your approach to the plateaus of your journey on your way to your own yellow jersey?
A few days after the Labor Day holiday our outdoor community pool closed for the season. Although I like to think of Autumn as the season where every leaf is a flower, many of our local residents begin hibernating or flying south.
I like the idea of wherever you go, there you are, in which case we can actually take our attitudinal weather wherever we go.
Who are the happy, peppy people in your life?
Who are the individuals who are constantly walking around under a dark cloud of their own making?
What type of person are you?
What attitude adjustments can and will you bring into the fall and winter seasons?
How can a sunnier disposition brighten the months ahead for everyone in your various communities?
“Slow movements help slow the mind, so it can enjoy its reunion with the body.”
—Therese Jornlin, therapist and transformational coach
Image from Unsplash by Jose Vazquez
Over the past several months, I’ve added the CALM app’s “daily move” to my morning routine. With the years adding up, I’ve found these 5-7 minute exercises helpful in soothing my creaky joints and muscles.
Many of the movements — based on yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong — have helped me enter my day with greater energy and focus.
Where and how could you include various forms of slow movement to your day and benefit from the reunion of your mind and body?
Consider trying CALM‘s daily move for yourself and let me know what you think.
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
—August Wilson, 20th Century American Playwright
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Consider the following statement on a one-to-five scale in which one is absolutely not and five is definitely yes.
I have a clear view of where I am and where I am going in my life.
This statement is part of my discovery process to help determine a potential client’s readiness to move their lives forward with a supportive coaching relationship.
For optimal success, these relationships benefit significantly through the deep and thoughtful process of examining and wrestling with their limiting beliefs and habits. Through careful illumination and generous self-forgiveness, each individual will most likely realize far more of their fullest personal and professional potential.
What steps can and will you take to more fully examine your own demons to help your angels sing? Consider picking up a copy of the book Taming your Gremlins by Rick Carson as a way to open this door of deeper discovery.
“You cannot have a beautiful life if you always focus on ugliness in others.”
—Debasish Mridha, M.D. physician, writer, philosopher, and philanthropist
Image from Unsplash by Sebastian Herrmann
How much beauty do you see and experience on a typical day? How much ugliness are you observing in your personal and professional communities?
A colleague who happens to be a lawyer recently shared considerable frustration and general unhappiness with the dog-eat-dog, fight-fire-with-fire approach to much of their work, stating that work has become increasingly ugly and that waking each morning to do more of it with no end in sight is crushing their soul.
Where and how can you seek and find more beauty in the people around you?
What shifts in perspective and behavior can you offer others so that they, too, can have a more beautiful life?
“If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.”
—Guy Finley, American self-help writer
Image from Unsplash by Elisa Coluccia
In the northern hemisphere we are headed into winter with both colder temperatures and shorter hours of sunlight. During these months many of us hibernate a bit and the reduced sunlight can often influence our emotions and moods.
What strategies have you tried or seen others use to stand where the light is shining? What approaches beyond bringing more natural lighting sources into your home or going south like migratory birds might help you maintain a sunnier disposition?
Create a list of your closest relationships and communities. How can you make an extra effort to spend more time with these individuals and groups to boost your levels of vitamin D3 all year round?