Energizer Inspirations

Note:  ‘Energizer Inspirations’ are designed to provide inspiration and motivation in your daily life. If  an inspiration resonates with you and you are ready to  to make changes in your life please contact Positive Goals & Solutions on  0414 511 455 or email info@positivegoalsandsolutions.com.au

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is EverythingHave you ever known someone who was born with all the right stuff  – money, status, intelligence, opportunity – but couldn’t seem to get their life together?

Have you ever known someone who came from nothing – poor parents, sub-par grades in school, maybe even a few run-ins with the law -and still somehow rose to a high position in business, government or social standing?

Those who WANT to succeed WILL eventually succeed. They can acquire the education, save the money, climb the ladder and create amazing opportunities, as long as they have the burning desire to do so.

There is something unique about these types of people.  What is it?  They have a “can-do” attitude, and are grateful for all the good fortune that comes their way.  And they have discovered anything is possible with gratitude and fierce determination.

Those without the will to succeed, however, can squander even the finest of opportunities. Either they don’t want what they have, or they are unwilling to work hard enough to keep it. And before they know it, all their opportunities have slipped through their fingers and disappeared.

Fortunately, any attitude can be adjusted in order to get what you truly want. If you ever find yourself in the position of feeling victimized, entitled or apathetic, you can choose to be grateful, humble, deserving and desirous, and then act accordingly. Soon new opportunities will arise…and you will rise along with them.

What ATTITUDE do YOU choose TODAY?

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How to Be Assertive Without Alienating Your Partner

Understand FeelngsAsking for what you want—and setting boundaries around what you don’t want—is a key life skill. But sometimes in our enthusiasm to practice this skill, we over-do our own assertiveness and end up with a partner who shuts down, gets angry or feels resentful. Here are four tips for developing your assertiveness in a way that will actually strengthen, deepen and enrich your relationship—thus avoiding the “alienation trap”:

1. Get Clear.
Being assertive starts with knowing what you are—and aren’t—willing to be, do, or have. For many of us, coming to this knowledge is a real task unto itself. Here, it may be useful to ask: “In an ideal world, what would I like to happen?” Focusing on an ideal outcome opens our minds, prevents us from falling into passivity or “victim-thinking,” and helps us get really clear on what we want and don’t want.

2. Set Boundaries.
Once you know what outcome you need (or want), share it with your partner. Pay attention to the way stating your boundary feels in your body. With practice, you can actually sense when you’re hitting the “sweet spot.” It can feel really pleasurable, even exhilarating, to express your needs or desires out loud. Phrases like “such and such doesn’t work for me” are simple ways of being assertive while maintaining connection with your partner.

3. Make a Regular Habit of Stating Your Needs and Desires.
You can build your assertiveness the same way you build any muscle: exercise. Practice speaking up about your needs, big or small, on a daily basis. When you speak up about things that are less controversial—such as where to go to dinner, requesting help unloading the dishwasher or what TV program to watch—both you and your partner get used to your assertiveness. It becomes easier for you to practice and for your partner to hear. Also, when bigger issues come along, you and your partner will have a healthy process in place for dealing with differences in needs, and you’ll have greater confidence in the resilience of your partnership.

4. Give as Much as You Get.
Assertiveness is a two-way street. If you want your boundaries to be respected, you must return the courtesy to your partner. If she doesn’t want you to use the bathroom when she’s in the shower, don’t. If he asks you to give him a half an hour after work before you talk and connect, respect that. When it comes to following through on a partner’s reasonable request, actions really do speak louder than words.

If your partner isn’t respecting your boundaries even though you’ve set them clearly, it may be time for professional help for you and/or your relationship. Contact Rosie at Positive Goals & Solutions today. Mobile: 0414 511 455.

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Owning Your Success

Owning Your SuccessEver notice that some people always have an excuse for their failures? The economy is bad, the weather isn’t cooperating, or there isn’t enough time. Whatever the challenge and however things turn out, they always have an excuse. The problem with this kind of thinking is that if you never own your failures, you can never truly own your successes.

Understanding our failures is important.  It’s how we grow. Having an excuse for our failures only keeps us stuck.

In the same vein, acknowledging and affirming your successes helps you to succeed even more.

Think about a time when you were successful – at the “top of your game.” Perhaps you won a buckle at the county rodeo, or topped the charts in the fifth grade spelling bee. You might have run a 5K race in your personal best time, or helped a senior citizen apply for assistance. What made you successful?  What skills and talents did you use?   How can you apply those same principles or use those same talents in other areas of your life?

Our actions, beliefs and behaviors are the key to success and to failure. Some people stare at the high jump bar and think “That’s too high for me.” Others stare at the same bar and think, “I wonder if I could jump higher?”

How can you jump a little higher today?

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