Ready to Launch the Kickin’ Week You Deserve? What’s Your Mantra? Time to Create One.

Emerson on standing in sunshine - Life Coaching with Teresa Young

Ready for your kickin’ week, my dears? Jazzed to begin it?

Oh. No?

If not, why not? What’s getting in the way? Or is it that your goals are great, and in fact the only issue is… well… you? :)

Yep, I’m smiling as I write. Because the truth is that this is, oh, so human.

You aren’t alone

I love the quote above from Ralph Waldo Emerson for just that reason. It acknowledges that we humans tend toward thought patterns that get in the way of our own sunshine.

To me, that fact means we need lots and lots of self-compassion and self-encouragement as important daily parts of our lives. Regular self-affirmation should be in the mix for each of us.

So, toward your kickin’ week, how about crafting a nurturing mantra that you can jam to as needed in the week ahead? Here’s mine, crafted during a powerful iPEC experience:

I trust in the flow of life

I trust in the flow of life. It’s about shushing the specific negative voices that drive my personal train if I don’t check them. What could do the trick for you, so you aren’t darkening your own doorway?

Get super-curious about internal messages that may be raining on your parade, then craft the perfect comeback and game-changer. Have fun with it!

And explore my post on positive mindset to go deeper into some have-fun strategies.

Meanwhile, keep your comeback to negative self-talk light. Just keep an enjoyable inner convo going throughout the week.

Change the game

Whip out a custom-made mantra when and wherever you really need itIt has zero value just propped up in a pretty frame in your meditation corner waiting for you to have the presence of mind—and time—to stop by.

Rock it on your bathroom mirror, in your pocket, as the screen image on your laptop or smart phone. On the visor of your car. Whatever inspires and energizes you.

Deploy it like serious juju throughout your kickin’ week. And as you do that beautiful inner work, reach out for the expert support you deserve.

 

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Teresa Young wants you living your dream, for real. She coaches by phone, in person in Los Angeles, and via Skype outside the U.S.

 



 

Begin Again Daily, With Your Life as Your Art. And Again. And Again. And Again.

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Have you noticed how we humans have good days and bad days, good moments, ones that don’t represent our best, and everything in between? Are you 100% clear that it isn’t just you?

Yes. Deep breath.

In living the life of your dreams, I invite you to get clear that Every. Single. Moment. is an opportunity to begin again. Are you on track, or off? How often do you step out of all your automatic thoughts and feelings to assess that? It’s a skill, like a muscle you can develop. And it’s all about practice.

Think of it as a healthy ritual that you can make a regular part of your great life.

If you know you’re on track, jam on, managing inner and outer challenges in the process. This management of all things works when you know you’re on the path that’s right for you. Because there’s inherent energy and inspiration in that knowledge that you can ride like a wave.

If you realize you’re off track, congrats, first, on the accomplishment of that honest reflection. Pat yourself on the back for it, cheerleading your own progress. Then assess further. What small or large shift will get you on your path again?

Then, armed with the results of your assessment, begin.

And know that, as wise Ezra Pound says above, you’re in very creative company.

 

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Teresa Young wants you living your dream, for real. She coaches by phone, in person in Los Angeles, and via Skype outside the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meditating On Kindness – 4 Takeaways from Kauai in the Midst of Heart-Break

Kindness on Kauai - Life Coach Teresa Young

I’m meditating on kindness after an immense experience I had with an extraordinary friend as he moved on from this life. Incredibly hard, and incredibly moving.

After being diagnosed with ALS, he had made the inspired decision to settle in Hawaii, ultimately on the beautiful island of Kauai. I’m an enthusiastic traveler with more and more experiences under my belt, but I hadn’t been there. I wanted to go, but not like this.

And yet…

Today I’m reflecting on the wonderful people I met there: retreat center proprietor, rental car dealer, nurses, doctors, and volunteers who had heard through the small-town grapevine about my friend, his lovely fiance, and the hard-as-nails situation they were facing together, their way.

The word kindness doesn’t totally capture my sense of these people. The local folks I crossed paths with are wise. They have their priorities in order. Their hearts are open. They take care of each another.

And when a stranger comes into their midst, they make a new friend. I’d heard that my friend had been warmly received despite his increasingly extreme circumstances, that people had rallied around him and his lady with no other goal than to assist them in ways that were no walk in the park. When I got there, I experienced the same as a lone traveler on a heart mission.

Beautiful takeaways can come from heart-break:

  1. Your small kindnesses may in fact be huge. Free yourself up to be your best with everyone. You may never know the difference you’ve made by some gesture that was effortless for you.
  2. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Go ahead and live passionately, lovingly, with gratitude for life’s journey, today.
  3. Make time for nature, for delicious food and drink, for unhurried conversation. You deserve it, and the difference you make may be right there, in those relaxed moments.
  4. Just be you. Share you with the world, by which I mean with all the fascinating, mysterious souls who cross your path on any given day. You’re an original. Let the world experience you. The real you.

And I’ll be tryin’ to live that way, too.

Meanwhile, dear Ricardo Accorsi will never cease to inspire me. I imagine him designing kickass creative spaces in non-ordinary reality. That thought—and my memories of the kind people of Kauai—makes me smile.

xo,
Teresa

 

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Teresa Young wants you living your dream, for real. She coaches by phone, in person, and via Skype outside the U.S.