Sunday, July 27, 2008

Seeing Yourself in the Best Light

Almost everyone agrees that confidence and positive self-esteem are important for getting things done and reaching your goals. Well here is a new twist on a way to build your self-esteem.

This came from the book, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. The idea was basically to make a commercial or ad for yourself. Either something that you put in writing, or even do it as a Powerpoint presentation or create a short video. So mine might go something like this:

Diana Wright -- a year ago she was just another debt-ridden woman fighting middle-age spread, but today she is trim, vivacicious and creating success after success for herself. A soon-to-be lakefront homeowner, Diana Wright is an example of how hard-work, positive mental images and success-coaching can transform your life from the mundane to the mind-boggling fantastic.

Now you can take this as far as you want. You can simply write these words or something similar (hey, the presidential candidates have all kinds of different commercials, I see no reason to stop at one. I'll write several and see which has the most positive effect). Anyway you can write words like this on a card and read it once or twice a day. Or put it on your computer to some kind of theme music. What the hell, I guess you could make up your own personal jingle. Actually I always liked the theme from Mary Tyler Moore

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly
make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to fake it.
You can have the town, why don't you take it.
You're gonna make it after all

At any rate the idea is to sell you on yourself, so that you can greet each day just exuding confidence and energy.

As one more aside to simply promote enthusiasm and it's effect. My husband was coaching a baseball team this weekend and one kid stood out in terms of his enthusiasm. The team was losing and it wasn't that this kid was killing himself to win, he just had positive energy pouring out of him. He gave some war whoops and knocked a couple kids helmets and mostly just made people smile and get UP!!! It was priceless, contagious and definitely helpful to get kids starting to hit again.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Still Making Strides

Well I'm literally still making strides toward my goals. In particular my goal of fitting into all the clothing in my closet kind of stalled out in late June when

  1. The weather turned hot, too hot to run at lunchtime certainly.

  2. I no longer dropped my son off at school putting me right at the start of a good running route twice a week.

So I joined a gym at a summertime special rate and I go there once or twice a week and now this last week my son and I have been going down to the track and running repeated 200 meter intervals.

They say that short, but not too short at least 30 seconds, high-intensity bursts of exercise are ideal for losing weight. I've read the science of why this is and... well, I'll be honest, I don't really get it.

One thing I DO understand, is that the muscles I've been using going for 2, 3, 4 mile runs.... they are not an exact match for the muscles I use sprinting down the track. Oh, my..... I discovered some seriously underused muscles. In fact, when I went to sprint, I discovered I barely remembered the form involved in running fast. I used to be a GOOD high school track athlete. Okay, yes that was back in 19.., a long time ago. Well the important thing is we found this good workout, that both my son and I saw our times improve simply in doing it two times AND... we enjoy doing it together. Hell, any activity that a 46-year-old mom and her 16-year-old son can go do together and really enjoy... well it doesn't get any sweeter than that.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Wow! Lake House Dream!

Funny how different people have different triggers -- things that spark them to either rage or joy, hard-work or depression, but sparks that can completely alter their course (different direction or speed).

For me that just happened, I picked up a local paper and in the classifieds, saw a listing: ADIRONDACK 152 Acres, State Land, Utilities $129,900.

Or Adirondack 5 acres 200' on lake $59,900 -- another Wow. I am cutting these out, because I can see it in my minds eye and it triggers great hopes, dreams and ambitions in me.

And no, the picture wasn't with the ad, but it will give you some idea of what I saw as THE dream, part of MY dream. I grabbed it from, which is one of several sites that has free graphics. I learned about on this webpage about free graphics for websites.

Wow! Lake House Dream!