Why it’s good to shut your mouth

Why it’s good to shut your mouth

Hmmm… I ran across this quote and found it a great reminder for myself, that sometimes more can be taken away from a conversation when I’ve said less.  We’re all guilty of it from time to time, we get into a conversation with a friend or colleague and we yap so much that we don’t actually hear what the other has to say. Or, if we keep our mouths shut, we don’t quiet our minds, causing us to become disengaged.

Actively listening to others is a surefire way to build rapport, show empathy, and increase understanding between individuals.  Being conscious and mindful of each interaction you have with others can help you deepen your relationships, which is well worth it. Focus and engage with the individual you are speaking with. This helps them feel like you care and are interested in what they have to say. After all, what’s the point of faking it and living with one foot in the water. We only live once and life doesn’t give us second chances.



Motivate yourself with baby steps

Motivate yourself with baby steps

Sometimes when we’re in a rut, it’s easy to feel defeated and it may feel nearly impossible to motivate yourself to do something. I know I’ve been there before, sitting on the couch thinking it felt like work to even stand up. I knew I couldn’t sit there forever and that I had to get started on something eventually. I would recall my mother telling me “Energy begets energy”, and once I began moving I always realized she was right!
If you’re struggling to get motivated, try the following:

1.) Be positive.
Look at the bright side of things! Is the sun shining? AWESOME!  Do you have someone who loves you? Even better!  There are always good things around us, sometimes it just takes a moment to identify a few. 

2.) Have fun
If you have a task that seems mundane, find a way to make it fun. Can you write that report in the beauty and peace of the outdoors? WONDERFUL! Would some upbeat music make taking down the wallpaper more enjoyable? ABSOLUTELY, so put it on. Dance if you have to. Be silly, be free, enjoy yourself!

2.) Get moving.
Stand up. Go for a walk. If you can put one foot in from of the other, you’ve accomplished this already! Once you’re out the door you’ll find that you already feel better, and you’ll probably make it all the way around the block. 

4.) Appreciate yourself
Remember to give yourself a pat on the back for what you accomplished. If it was challenging for you to get started, recognize that you did it and how great you feel that it’s done.