Remembering your own intentions

Do you ever set an intention and then conveniently forget
it? Maybe the next day around noon you think – oh yah, I was going to only look
at email only twice a day or I was going to drink 8 glasses of water
today.  New habits, shifts in thinking or
behavior take focus and frankly – reminding, to break the default grove. There
are a lot of fun ways to remind yourself; wear a wrist band with a message, put
up post it notes, add a reminder to your screen saver.  If you are like me – any given structure
lasts about 2-3 weeks and then I don’t notice it any more – I’m always on the
lookout for new ways to remind and inspire myself.

 Here is a brand new way that is fun and colorful – it’s a
product called Thought SpotsThese 'spots' are made out of that
clinging vinyl material so you can use them over and over and they stick on
glass, metal, plastic – any shiny surface. MOTIVATE01-2-sm

The messages come in themed thought packs like self love and
acceptance and motivation. Imagine having a message on our computer or white
board that says “I am enough” or “live with passion” or “try something that
scares you”

It’s a great concept and it’s now available in the Coaching
Toys Store. 


The Friday Sparker – Practicing Oneness

This week’s Creative Spark is from Practicing Oneness, Gentle encouragement and inspiration for choosing love instead of fear and connection instead of separation . . .  by Ann Strong

Releasing Our Grip

Personal growth often involves loosening our grip on our thoughts, identities and all that our ego holds dear. As a young adult, I had zero tolerance when someone told me, "I don’t know." I needed them to stop acting wimpy and weak, to make a decision. I wanted them to know! Now I know that my lack of tolerance really centered around my need to be in charge.

If we don’t need to control, then we don’t need to know. We can go with the flow. We can follow energy, rather than rules. We can try black AND white. We can accept this AND that. We can live in the present moment and respond to that moment, rather than react from situations in the past or to what we think must be done for the future. We can connect more deeply with others, learning the value of “their” ways, too.

What thoughts or identities do you hold tightly?

The next time you hear yourself saying, “It must be done this (read “my”) way,” take some time to explore what you are holding so tightly. Ask yourself, “Is it true, absolutely true, that it must be done that way?” Challenge yourself to find three or five other ways it could be done. Give some thought to why someone else would do it differently. Begin to notice similarities rather than differences.

Releasing our grip may mean we "know" less, but feel more alive. And more free. Releasing our grip allows more harmony as we stop fighting with others or with life itself.

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