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Monday Morning Mojo: Overcoming Self-Doubt

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

 

There is no denying that the world isn’t perfect. We will face failures, setbacks, frustrations, and discouragement. But amid all of these things, it is important that we keep our focus on the good things that are happening. What good things have happened to you in the past week, month, or year? What goals have you accomplished? What plans have you made progress on?

 

These are the types of things that we should focus on, mostly because they will remind us that we are not wasting our time doing what we are doing. Motivation is one of the keys to overcoming self-doubt, and one of the keys to staying motivated lies in remembering that we are more than capable of doing whatever we set our mind to.

 

What are you truly capable of? 

When it comes to reminding ourselves of what we can achieve, it is important that we don’t short-change what we have already done. In fact, one of the best ways to remember your past achievements is to keep a list of things that you have done that you are proud of. Whenever you chalk up another success, add it to this list.

 

Next, whenever you feel down or are tempted to doubt yourself, pull out that list and take a good, long look at it. Look at what you have already achieved, and imagine how much more you could do if you really set your mind to it. If you determine not to give up, there is literally no limit to what you can accomplish!

 

Conquering self-doubt and rediscovering your belief in yourself might not be magic-bullets for success, but they are essential if you want to move forward and achieve more than you ever thought possible. Today, don’t settle for doubting yourself. Don’t give up when the going gets rough. Instead, remember all of the amazing things that you have already done, and tell yourself that you are not going to give up until you have achieved everything that you have set your mind to!

Monday Morning Mojo- Making Plans For the Fall

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

 

I have noticed that fall provides a fantastic opportunity to ‘start over’. If you had plans for the summer that you didn’t get accomplished, then fall creates a new opportunity to ‘revisit’ them. If you cannot feasibly get them done in the fall, then the changing of the seasons can at least allow you to make some new plans and get a fresh start before the end of the year. The holidays come quickly after summer ends, but not so quickly that there isn’t plenty of time to set and achieve some new goals for yourself before the end of the year.

 

Setting new goals for a new season

As summer ends and fall begins, consider setting a few new goals for yourself. Whether your goal is to paint your bedroom, to expand your business, to get a promotion, or to spend more time with you family, this new season will provide you with an excuse to sit down with your notebook and make a new to-do list.

 

If you have goals left-over from the summer, try not to be too hard on yourself for not achieving them. Instead, try to look ahead. There is a lot to look forward to at this time of the year. Lots of good times with friends and family are quickly approaching, as is time off of work for most people. This can be a fantastic time to re-energize and to re-focus yourself.

 

Conclusion

In the end, we need to remember that all of us are on a different journey. This fall, I would encourage you to really look inside of yourself and find out what you would like to do with your time. Time is, after all, our most valuable currency! So let’s be intentional about how we spend it in the season-to-come. Let’s make every day count and prepare to get things accomplished.

Monday Morning Mojo: 6 Ways To Re-Ignite Your Imagination

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein

 

Imagination and creativity are essential to almost any line of work. Some people might reserve the title ‘creative’ to people with jobs involving artwork or music, though these are definitely not the only creative jobs. In honesty, every job has its creative elements… and without igniting your imagination, you are more likely to miss out on amazing opportunities to make your projects better and even more meaningful.

 

Here are 6 tips for how you can re-ignite your imagination. Hopefully, these tips will help you to rekindle that ‘spark’ and jump-start your creativity all over again!

 

1… Get away from the office

A change of scenery can work wonders when you are in need of some creative inspiration. Try changing locations for the day, or take your laptop/tablet outside to do a bit of work in the park.

 

2… Read a book

Do you like to read? If so, then maybe you already know how much a good book can stimulate your brain. But if you do not normally tend to be a reader, then maybe this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try! You might be very pleasantly surprised by the results!

 

3… Meet a new person

Meeting new people can definitely re-start your imaginative energies. The social interaction combined with the excitement of forming a new acquaintance can do wonders for your levels of inspiration.

 

4… Do something that relaxes you

Relaxing can help to reduce stress, which is a major hindrance to creativity. Relaxing also calms your mind and ‘empties’ it of the normal types of thoughts that permeate our consciousness day in and day out.

 

5… Explore and Discover

Visit a new town, a new store, a new library, or even a new biking trail. Explore a park that you have never visited before. Seeing new places is a very effective way to kick your imagination back into high-gear, and exploration can inspire you in ways that few other activities can.

 

6… Change your routine

If all else fails, a simple change in routine can often be enough to stir-up some creative inspiration. Wake up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later. Take lunch sooner rather than later, or consider eating out instead of cooking at home like you usually do.

 

Finding ways to switch up your routine can stimulate your senses in new ways, thereby giving your brain new and different information and causing your imagination to, once again, do what it does best!

Monday Morning Mojo- 3 Goal Setting Tips That Work

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ― Albert Einstein

 

Here are 3 goal setting tips that actually work! All of these tips can add value to your goal-setting experience, and can help to make your efforts more streamlined and efficient.

 

1… Set short, medium, and long term goals

When you set a long-term goal, it is always a good idea to set a series of medium and short term goals along with it as well. This will help to keep you from experiencing the frustration that can set in when you try to achieve a big goal all at once. Short and mid-term goals serve as destination markers along the path that lead toward where you eventually want to be. Making a plan is a good thing, but setting these short and medium-term goals along with it can make it even easier to stay focused and on track.

 

2… Set realistic goals

Every successful goal-setter knows that setting goals that are unrealistic usually results in failure. This doesn’t mean that you should ‘aim low’ or doubt your ability to achieve what you set out to do, but it does mean that you should be rational and settle in for a long-term commitment as opposed to adopting the ‘fast and furious’ mentality. Remember… slow and steady wins the race!

 

3… Write down your goals and look at them every morning

Reviewing your goals when you wake up in the morning is one of the best habits that you can get into because it will help you to get your priorities in order as you start your day. Keeping your goals fresh on your mind will remind you to work hard because it will remind you of what you will achieve if you stick with it.

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