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It’s that time of year to reflect, plan, and carry on. As I look back over this past year, I feel like the past 365 days have been 365 years. Have you ever had a year like that?
The first four months I focused on moment by moment and one step, literally, at a time. The next few months were filled with Senior Spring Break, graduation and more transformations.
Although this year has seemed long in some ways, it’s difficult to believe it is over. And yet, it is the last official day of 2017.
What do you do with special days like today? Hopefully, you take time to write all your past accomplishments, this year. Check off the accomplished goals and set some new journeys/goals for 2018.
When you focus on all the ‘good’ you have in your life, it illuminates you and lifts you up, to be in line for more good.
One of my favorite rituals is to scan through ALL of my pictures for the year. On my phone, Facebook or anywhere else I can find ‘snap shots’ of the year.
The most important action you can take today, is being grateful. Yes, as you review over the past, there will be some irritating conversations or events, but if you will tilt your head a different direction, a new perspective will appear.
In other words life isn’t meant to be perfect. However, those imperfections are what assist us in enjoying the Awesomeness of Living! So yes, skim over the low frequency times, remember them (for now), to learn, but don’t try to fix anything from then. IT CAN’T BE FIXED OR CHANGED.
When you stumble across an event that really hurts or bothers you, remind yourself, “I can not change the past. Therefore, I am only going to focus on today and my future.”
Listen up!! If you find yourself down and out…Pause, hold tight this too will pass. I promise, even if it hurts really bad today, tomorrow will be brighter. Look for the good in all situations.
Although I love these moments, I sometimes worry that I should be doing something more constructive. 😞 oh well, this is where I am at this time.
Anywhooooo, back to my inspirational thought, a little funny a little not.
With all of the turmoil around our government, I would love to wave a magic wand, over ALL the politicians, while in session. What would I do?
Freeze them all, for a moment. Then have little helpers put ski masks on everyone, provide each one with a hot pink jump suit, to completely cover their clothing and last but definetly not least…I would move them to random sections of the room.
Next, I would provide each one with a set of instructions in their hands, simple, yet to the point. (Don’t feel afraid, it’s a simple activity that might, just might, WAKE UP OUR LEADERS).
The instructions will say:
Forget your name
Forget your party
Forget your paradigm
Forget your previous opinion & thoughts
Now sit in this strange spot
Now VOTE LIKE A HUMAN!
Wakeup politicians and parties! Yes, I mean ALL OF YOU! If you still look at people and proudly say, “I am a Republican and/or a Democrat.”
You my friend are part of the problem.
It’s one thing to have a strong belief, it’s another as to support a group of people due to their affiliation, alone.
No, I do not expect a system that actually began in 1787, to become perfected with such a simple task nor overnight.
However, I do expect our new generation of politicians and citizens to begin to evolve, to a higher level. I realize our system must have balance and checks. Parties are labels based on a belief of several. However, I fear we have lost the meaning behind WHY?
Why are you so passionate about claiming your party? Is it because your mean Uncle was a Democrat and you don’t want to be like him? Or is it because your parents told you too? Do you know what they stand for?
I am not the one to ask if you ever want me to be ‘Politically Correct.’ But to be human, kind, caring and understanding, those labels I can uphold.
Then what is my point?
The truth is, I don’t know! That’s why it is called inspired writing. I guess you need to create your own opinion and do with what you will.
However, I will continue to imagine a beautiful scene where I wave my magic wand and pause Capitol Hill, for just a moment! And while I am rearranging the many great leaders we have (to allow them to vote like a human on our behalf), I hope I would have enough time to PAUSE!
Pause, and stare into their eyes, push the wrinkles back a bit, adjust the corners of their mouths to point upwards. And peer into their, unnamed being, only to see them as grandparents playing, moms or dads laughing or as a spouse hugging their loved one.
I will not believe that any of our elected officials began this journey out of greed or to destroy our great country. But I do believe many if not all, need a time to pause and reflect on why, who and what they stand for!
America, we are amazing, unique, the land of opportunity and much more. Always have been and always will be. No matter what, throughout time our historical paradigm will be the Strong and the Brave! Even in down times, we have proven time and time again we will stand strong for this Great Nation!
I do believe we can be the change. Yes, things seem to be a mess, but with a little twist in OUR perspectives good change will appear. How? Hmmmm, I will leave that up to you, I provided you with the vision it’s your turn to imagine it. Just ensure, your change is being kind and understanding.
Yes, of course Livelove will create a ‘Happy’ Class for the White House! Debbie Crawford is up for it!
Just email me and we will help you political leaders, feel alive, happy and/or ‘human’ again.
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I have chosen Sundays as my fundays. They have been for fifty two weeks, ever since the beginning of my new, enlightened, fantastic, super, journey began! This is probably going to be a little bit sappy, today, because Sundays are my grateful days.
Therefore, if I ramble a bit, I will let you know when to skip over to the ‘message’ for you to have, keep and do with what you choose.
Every Sunday, that I have stuck to my goal, I have learned so much! From how to have even more fun in living to new ways to feel the terrific and delicious emotions, of all aspects of this life.
(Rambling skip this paragraph if you would like)
If I were to describe my newest feelings, emotions and knowledge, it would be something like this: Imagine…standing at the top of a mountain, at the very tip top, looking down over a valley filled with lush greenery, laughter, movement and the clouds along with the sheets of blue to offer a back drop that creates a peaceful, yet exhilarating breeze, flowing directly towards you. To accept the gentle breeze, directly before it reaches your body, you open your arms and fully accept the cool breeze to overtake your entire body!
In life, we have such a unique opportunity! We can actually feel, our way to bliss, joy and peace.
(Back on task)
As I began to read #The Essential LOUIS HAY Collection, I questioned what I said to myself before, I rolled out of bed? And how many mixed signals I had already sent to my subconscious by noon. Of course I had said my affirmations. I had prayed. I had said a little pep talk to myself. Kissed Eric…Okay all is great! Right? Not exactly.
What? Teena! What is wrong? My mind races to my past, looks for a connection. Nope, been letting alot of that go, so I thought it might have been there, but noooo. It’s not what’s wrong. When I was a little girl, my Baw Baw would whisper, “Sometimes you get a hunch or a gut feeling? You know what I mean?”
Well I now allow those strange feelings or emotion of ‘something’ not being quite right and learn from them. Don’t dismay the fact that we were all born with an intuition which is the same as those weird feelings, my wonderful grandma always talked about. However, today my off feelings were because of me. Me and my chatter to myself.
You see, as I carefully read the words of Louise Hays,
Hmmmm…yes, I think I began my day off okay. I began with grateful, sent great love to all I know, I cooked breakfast…ohhh I think I got it!
So she means, what I say to me, about me, that matters?
You see as I jump off the high dive and plunge directly into the deep waters of entrepreneurship, I have found an entirely new set of deep- hidden insecurities!!! I have literally been doing exactly what my first book was entitled,”Stop Beating Up Your Best Friend! I was beating myself up, minute by minute.”
If you could physically see what I have been doing to me, shew it would be U G L Y! A broken leg would be nothing to the abuse I have been giving to myself. In one writing, Louise questions”What do you say to yourself about yourself?”
I began to collect, by journaling, all the ugly, mean, degrading things I said about myself. I couldn’t stand to go back any further than yesterday! It was too painful!!!!
If you knew me, well you would probably be shocked to hear this! However, it’s true and I am so grateful to have gained this knowledge. You will be relieved to know, I forgave myself. I am dedicating each moment to utilizing the Hawaiian: Ho oponopono prayer. (Please check my spelling on this).
As the day evolved, it was terrific! I continuously repeated I approve of myself, I love myself and I accept myself. Over and over! Said it, sang it, chanted it too. Still, not much change. It almost felt as though my mind was waiting for me to say it again, so it would have a quick response to shut my kind words down.
After a beautiful bike ride and time spent with my husband, I continued the process, in my head, “I approve of myself, I approve of me, myself and I.
By 6 o’clock in the morning, I had probably repeated this 100 times or more since, I took the challenge. I said it over and over, “I love you and I accept/approve of me (talking to myself).”
But I found that this is no different than forming a new habit! Not that it is hard labor, but to change what you say about you, to you and others…now this is tedious.
While fulfilling my Toastmasters role for the morning, I thought before I spoke, I attempted to stay calm and on task. Now almost chanting in my head were multiple ways to say, I APPROVE OF ME, I approve of what I said, whispering, singing, I felt like Dory, instead it was just keep approving, just keep approving.
Has it helped? I think that question needs to be on hold, until a little more research has been completed. However, I do know one thing, I am much more aware of what I was doing to myself than ever before.
I feel super grateful for this amazing journey. Everytime, I write I become more and more invested into Livelove’s mission and/or vison.
Don’t forget we will be presenting a few of our ‘how to’ BE Happy techniques, as well as, share with you, some new and exciting news about the company. Dec. 8th, 7 o’clock, Madison Indiana.
I know I have posted two already, but just one more and I will be done, for today! Okay? Sounds good to me!
This is a little heartfelt story that most of you could not imagine.
I have a confession to make. Me, Teena Drake, has video fright. I don’t know why this is the craziest thing! I am working on it, but I know I am struggling because of my actions from today.
In the beginning of the day, once I realized my trip of ten hours had been delayed, I planned to write a little bit. I might create one post, but it is time to ramp up my game. Ugh! The truth hurts sometimes. However, as I was researching for a post from my mother, it became more and more clear as to why my ‘traffic’ is limited on my website. I mean, I almost drowned in the sea of postings, rhymes, words, images. Then the thought to follow more bloggers came to mind and I decided to search. I felt like Mr. Wiggles and Mr. Waggles walking up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill.Until I reach the top to find it was not as clear as what my final destination, really was.
Anywhooooo, I continued to search for The Mind of Kitty blog and for new ones I would enjoy. (Pause, big deep breath in and now exhale), Nothing! I found nothing. By the time I was finished I couldn’t even find my own blog. This is not to blame any of the websites. Heck, I am amazed at all of your potentials…( I am saying that to the website developers). However, tell that to the ninety percent of social media readers/watchers; what is it called? It is not television viewers, not really texters, millennials? Noooo because they were all ages and all walks of life. I guess ‘societers’. Yes, I made that word up. They do not care nor have time to search for one person, let alone have time to read it all. That’s when I realized it is not that people don’t read blogs and enjoy them, but rather they really don’t have time. I mean once I read 7 different bloggers my day was half over. Hence, another reason I know I am struggling with making videos.
Why? Because like I said before, once I realized the trip was off, I took my shower and dressed for work. Then I continued to find one excuse after another. I set up the tri-pod- that is all I did, I put on makeup, fixed my hair ten times… then it was time for a snack, shew I was starved. Excuse after excuse. Well, it is getting dark so Eric may be home soon. Darn, I missed my chance again.
I have literally cleaned the house, washed all dishes, started the laundry, packed and unpacked again. Finally, I realized it and couldn’t risk blogging about it! Someone asked me, “What about speaking to large groups?”
I have no problem and the larger the group the better, but that video camera and I (pause, big inhale and exhale) we are going to come to an agreement. Until then I want to apologize if I become too wordy and you just wanted to know the message or if there was one. Therefore, I am completing this post with a promise!!!!! (I am smiling really big and so excited to type my promise…), “Oh, are you still waiting for me?”
I Promise, from now on I will no longer waste your time! I will incorporate a Highlighted words somewhere at the top of the post and in the excerpt that says, “This contains a message for you to improve your life for the best.”
Okay, it might just say this is important in bold letters! However, I promise if it is me, Teena Drake, just writing funny thoughts in my head, I will let you know!
Shew! I hope that helped you, it made me feel a great deal better. One more thing, once I see my friend at Kentuckiana News and she shakes the fears away from me, I will keep my video blogs short and sweet, yet uplifting and educational. We have so many great things to share with you. I am excited to be living and of course, writing.
I know life gets messy and that is okay. We would be bored without a couple or more messes in our lives.
If you are still reading this blog until the end, pssst I have something to tell you…
Follow me, if you want.
THANK YOU!!!!!! From the bottom of my heart, I wish nothing more than for something I write, helps another. If only in laughter or illuminating a thought. Whether you agree with me or disagree, it is still stimulating you to take action and quit sitting and waiting for life to happen to or for you! Wow, that was refreshing!
What is coming up? Our first Happy Class, ‘Live’ on December 8th, beginning at 7 ending? Whenever you get tired of celebrating life with us or I wear out on you. Either or it is going to be well worth your time and money!
Where? Fountain Building on the corner of Main Street and Broadway, (across the street from The Historical Broadway Restaurant and Hotel, huge pale yellow building).
Why? Are you feeling like there is something better than this?
Maybe as winter sets in, you have become a little depressed.
Maybe you need some answers on how to improve your life and live, ‘Happily Ever After.’
Is it more money? Maybe you need to know how to earn more money and quit that awful pay check to pay check, J.O.B. and do what you love!
Maybe you want to find ‘love’ and you need some new techniques on how to attract that special someone.
What we CAN NOT DO! change, fix, help, bring a new, or bring back the PAST!! In any shape or form I nor can our company or anyone else, bring back or change the past, so if that is what you are looking for well move on!!!
What we CAN DO!! Assist you in creating the life you have always wanted to live. Take F.E.A.R. out of your life equation (for the majority of the time).
Allow you to ask questions and receive answers to the best of our ability about what you, your needs and or desires are.
Assist you in handling ‘stressful’ unwanted, hurtful situations throughout your life. This is not promising everyday full of butterflies and lollipops, but it is promising the majority of your life being filled with BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, BUTTERFLIES and LOLLIPOPS!!!!!
Okay, I am going into overload. Therefore, I am going to stop! However, I don’t think, if you are in Carrolton, Milton, Henry, Oldham, Owen, Franklin, Jefferson Co. Kentucky or Jefferson Co., Madison, Vevay, Clarksville, Indiana OKAY! wherever you are from you won’t want to miss December 8th, 2017 in Madison Indiana!!!! At 7 PM.
3. Contact Kentuckiana News at- info@Kentuckiananews.com title it HAPPY CELEBRATION RESERVATION
4. Contact Charlene Kelley she is in charge of registration. Cke96011@gmail.com
5. Any questions email us we will get back to you asap.
I realized after re-reading this I forgot to include the low price for this amazing opportunity.
It is only twenty five dollars and/or forty per couple! But!!!! If you book between now, November 8th thru the 14th, you can purchase the class for 20.00 dollars! What? Yes, one time only and I PROMISE, it will not be at this price ever again.
Why? Did I drop the price for 7 days? Truthfully, it is because I am on vacation in paradise and I am feeling super sentimental. You see eleven months ago today, my life changed forever! And since then my mission is to help others find their own paradise and if Hawaii is only a dream for you.
I want to help make that a reality! I want to share with you techniques that I have learned to have, do or be anything you desire. If a dream vacation is what you want, we will discuss how. If you have a desire and you are struggling with anything, we can help find your block, let it go and assist you in: Livelove & Carryon!!!
As I sit and weep like a mother holding her sweet infant for the first time, I realize it is not because I am sad! In fact my tears that have melted the makeup off of my face, are out of pure happiness, joy, bliss and amazement!
Today, was my first photo shoot since BK! (Before Kids). It wasn’t fancy or for a glamorous modeling gig. However, I knew it had to be done.
I had tried to take some selfies, that was a disaster! So I did it.
You may still be wondering why I am crying. It surely was not because I had to have a photo shoot for my business/webpage.
Noo not at all! I am just grateful to be alive. I love this life and today as we scanned through the pictures, I laughed outloud! The photographer said, “You look beautiful! When you talk about your company, you glow! Then you smile and it becomes contagious.”
My thoughts were,”OMG I have so many things I could point out about this picture and they are not oh wow how amazing you look!”
Next, I came home began working on some loose ends, to ensure we are on target to begin advertising. Then I plopped down to take a glimpse of my photos. (You probably already know, but everything is electronic now. I wonder when pictures are going to become so digital/HD, they show when someone is letting off a big ole flatulent!)
What happened next was astonishing, to say the least. I opened up the first special she did, with Livelove underneath of me and I began to cry. First one tear, then another until it was a stream pouring down my face.
Why? You ask. To be honest…because I am ALIVE! I am alive I can feel pain, emotions, tears pouring down my face. Yes, I continue to struggle with criticizing myself, but I think that is an on going practice to improve our self image. It takes skill and stubbornness to argue with yourself. It also takes baby steps to achieve a complete understanding of just how special our lives are! I am in awe of life and living. I feel grateful for all the beautiful people that have been flowing into my life. Teaching, supporting, comforting and loving me. Who are you or what are you grateful for, right now? Feel how incredible it feels to remember those people, places or events that you feel grateful for! Doesn’t the very thought of it bring you relief and a sense of aweeeee?
Live for today, tomorrow may never come. As my grandma always said, “That is a dumb statement because tomorrow never comes, it’s always today.”
Once again if you are in a valley, right now. Hold on, breathe easy, look up the best is yet to come. This moment will pass, choose for the next moment to get a little better, easier to handle, easier to believe in living again.
I wanted so badly to go for a bike ride today, before old man winter sets in for his long winters nap. I put on my coat, shoes and of course I packed Freddy the Flamingo. I peeked out of the patio door to ensure it was perfect weather, like the weather man described. So beautiful!
I went down the steps and twisted the lock to open the door into the garage. Twist, pause. Twist again, pause…nothing! It appeared I was locked in. (Yes, there was the other door to go outside, but for some reason I began to allow my mind to go CRAZY!) I thought what if this is Gods way of telling me to NOT go for a bike ride! I sat on the steps feeling and listening to my emotions. Do I really want to go for a bike ride? What if this is a sign? What if I received a sign on December the 8th and I didn’t listen? Oh the questions were racing through my head! I should have known it was a lesson for me to learn, so I can share with you, but of course I didn’t.
I text Eric and told him about the door not opening. Then I asked if maybe I should take it as a sign. However, he didn’t respond. I came back upstairs…this is silly, I thought. I went back downstairs and twisted, locked, relocked and repeat until it finally opened! Next, I met my neighbor. We introduced ourselves, chit chatted a few minutes and he looked at me and said, “Are you sure you should ride that bike today?”
What? YES! I should ride this bike today! I am going for a ride! I hoped on and pedaled off. However, I will not lie to you and tell you I was feeling free, having fun and riding on. Nope! I kept thinking of those signs, what if? What if, I had another accident? What if I never returned? Just crazy questions raced through my head. I continued to pedal faster and faster! It almost seemed I was trying to out run my crazy, silly imagination. Is it true? Are we warned before an accident? I have no idea! But I can report those warnings were not real, today. Rather a connection to my paradigm.
If you had experienced the same accident, you might feel the same way. Anyways, I made it back. It was a beautiful ride, the leaves danced along the path and the breeze was crisp enough to keep me from becoming to hot. When I arrived at home, I was so excited I MADE IT SAFE AND SOUND!
Shew! My legs felt like jello and my bladder was full. As I ran up the stairs I felt like a child who had accomplished something wonderful and couldn’t wait to tell mom. As I reached for my phone, it didn’t take long to figure out, it was gone!!! I ran to my computer and messaged mom, Darion and Ashby in hopes one would check their Facebook.
As soon as I heard Eric come in, I told him what was going on. We retraced my steps and he knew immediately what had happened. We got a good laugh out of him looking at me, listening to my events leading up to the aha! moment of it was placed in the cell phone case on his bike. You see, I was riding his bike. (He is trying to convince me to buy another bike with gears and I am not convinced).
It was a funny lesson for me. What did I learn? I learned that we all react differently to scenarios or events that occur, in our lives. Why? Based on our paradigms or past experiences. If we can ever see why we feel the way we feel, negative emotions may not become obsolete, but they can be minimized. Take the time to know what your mindset is, why it is what it is and tweak it to make you feel better. It is not always and actually it is unlikely, you will have a repeat of exact circumstances, to be conducive to the same results, in your lifetime.
For example: I can assure you I will not repeat stepping off a curb without looking down first. My brain recalls the incident and says, “Hey silly look before you step!”
Another example: My friend said, “I don’t want to be greedy, ever.”
I responded with, “You are fine today! The reason you worry about being greedy is because in your past you remember not having enough. However, when you recognize that was then and you do not struggle with those same issues. Therefore, you can leave you greediness behind now, because you are okay!”
Next time you think you are receiving a message, ensure the emotions are not a defense mechanism from a past event. How? It takes a little push, from you. Many people call it perseverance, but I would rather call it taking one step at a time. It is okay to have a little fear, just try not to dwell on it. Feel the emotional attachment, recognize why you have it and only you can decide whether you want to keep that feeling or rather let it go! For me I let it go and it feels terrific.
As we work on going live and worldwide, with Livelove, I have become enamored with what it is, what our company will bring to you and all of my lifelong dreams, becoming reality, I am speechless. It has been a long time coming and hopefully this little blog will provide you with some insight on the how’s, why’s and whatever else you need/want to know.
What is Livelove? Livelove is a company that began as a vision in my head, many years ago. I am talking YEARS! However, the organization, LLC and legal aspects have been this year and we plan to have our first public launch the first of December 2017!!! “Okay, Teena, what is it?”
Livelove is a company that has the soul purpose of helping others find their own happiness! In a nut shell! Yes, it is true I now realize from the first let down in my life, to the beginning of a lifetime of triumphs, my life has brought me to this fantastic point.
My lifetime partner continues to ask me, “What are you offering companies or what does your company have to offer in business expertise?”
Although, I appear to become aggitated with his million questions, I do realize he is only trying to make me think! Also, he is almost always right, but please do not tell him I said that!
What does Livelove offer? I have written the intro at least fifty times. I, being a passionate writer, I struggle with being too wordy or descriptive. Therefore, here I go again! Our company has what YOU, YOUR ORGANIZATION, YOU-as an employer, employee, YOU-AS religious/faith based, YOU- as an entrepreneur, YOU- as a lover, mother/father and friend; the much needed tools to find, keep and live your own happiness for the rest of your days!!! http://www.Livelovllc.org
What?!?!?! Yes, it is true! In actuality anyone and anywhere in the world can and will benefit, if you choose, from Livelove!
We are creating a 2018 calendar, right now, on where we will be throughout the country. Our workshops…will improve your skills in personal and business relationships, increase your sales, help you grow your business and have fun while you are doing it. You know what that means? Help you increase your income!!!! That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
I do not want this to sound like an advertisement, remember I love my readers and only want to share with you because I do love you!
HOWEVER, the vibration of complete and total excitement could almost make these words jump off this blog and come to life.
Sooo, Livelove has workshops to offer that are fun, exciting and life changing. Still doesn’t help my husband, hee hee! Or does it? You see, this began way back when I was Physical Fit Flower the Clown! Or did it begin with my years of being top sales representative? Or was it? It doesn’t matter!!!
Livelove is what your company wants to improve the lives of your co-workers, lead managers, sales reps., business managers and even investors! Once they have had a glimpse of living in this manner life at work will never be the same! (Much better).
Okay, now you know, kind of what our company is about! You might ask, “But, is that it? You offer workshops? You do realize as businesses, we have a plethora of speakers and services to choose from, that have the same claim?” (Yes, this is true, which is fine! Let me know about them, we might hire them very soon!)
Livelove is evolving to much more than my tiny little thoughts, visions, or dreams. We are a company that is here to help you, “Livelove & Carry On!” With an adorable logo, letterhead, and soon to be Live website (by RDT services), our company is almost complete! But trust me it hasnt been snap and all this business is open, but that topi. Is another blog.
In addition to our own workshops in 2018, your company hiring us to provide you with a workshop; we offer happy coaching, advertising (for you) and products for you to purchase.
Happy Coaching, may sound cliche, but It stuck! No matter how many times my associates and I discussed it, the title ‘Happy Coaching’ kept coming up!
This type of coaching is just what the name is! It is a more personalized, extension of our workshops. It has improved the lives of many, already!!! Our plan is to continually expand and improve this program. My only negative about this section is the space will be limited, until I can train and hire more coaches. However, I never fear those downfalls because I know those people will appear on a need by need bases!
The benefits of this coaching is not to relive all the crud you have been through and investigate why! Rather it is to find your inner peace, love, joy and happiness! Best of all it is individually created to work with your thoughts and emotions, not a cookie cutter mentality of what works best for one is for all.
As for shopping…at this moment, you can purchase my book however, all of our products we offer will be carefully chosen to ensure it enhances your life in one way or another. For example: (before Christmas) we will have pink (especially made for us) foam/soap balls. We also have several authors/new books or information to feature and much much more.
The most important information you need to know about our Livelove shop, is it will vary all the time and it is products for You ( to enrich your life).
As you know when I am writing all time stands still. However, life does not.
Therefore, as we evolve and grow, keep following so you can help us help you very soon!
Thank you to my family, friends, Bridging the Gap Productions, RDT Business Solutions and you the special most dear to my heart READER! Thank you for allowing me to spill my inner thoughts, for your much needed support and for all your love!!! God bless!
Livelove & Carry On (it’s our new slogan, like it?)
Most people have read the Little Engine that could. I know, I would even refer to it while educating eighth graders or teaching sales associates, how to reach their personal quota. However, this past weekend, my experience, cleared the muddy waters or concepts behind this fabulous story!
You see, anytime I was coaching I would say look at the end result and go for that finish line. Which is one hundred percent normal for a coach. As we timed each runner in their event we would refer to their ending time and ask, can you beat that? After all, Track is all about who crosses that finish line first. I would run as fast as I could and cheer, “I think you can, I think you can…Come On You can do it, just look at that finish line, it is right there!!! (Ending with) I know you can! I know you can!”
Exasperated, I would check with John or Dad, for time and let them know where they were and where they needed to be! Does this sound normal to you? Of course it does as a coach you are to bring them up to their best potential and motivate them to complete the task, improve upon the last one and visualize the positive results is your job. However, if I chose to do that type of coaching again I would reverse their thoughts and my technique.
Why? You ask? Becuase although we had several qualify and attend state, once we arrived the goal or end result became overwhelming and several of them struggled.
Back to My lesson and then you will understand. As Eric and I rode bicycles, we would come upon some steep hills. He would shift down to second or even first gear and ride like the wind. (Of course he was demonstrating how necessary it is for me to have gears) Me, on the other hand, would begin pushing, panting, standing up and usually stop mid hill, exhausted. Though, I will say, I never walked and pushed my bike. Instead, I would look right in front of me about two feet and begin pedaling.
Pedaling, pedaling, pedaling slowly sometimes almost coming to a complete stop! Wobbling back and forth…hang on! I would say you can do this, you can do this.
My pep talk or phrase to myself became almost like a cheer/chant/song I would say out loud.
“You already know the end, all you have to see is, two feet & your free!”
I know that seems weird, but in the midst of the struggle it became, “2 feet in front of me is all you gotta see.”
Over and over again I would chant/cheer, “Two feet in front of me is all I gotta see… (push the pedals with all my might) Two feet in front of me is all I gotta see… (again, but a little louder)…Two feet in front of me is all I gotta see!”
I tested it time and time again. We would approach a hill and if I would ride, starring at the top; I NEVER MADE IT, without stopping! However, if I glanced at the top (or end result) I would take a snap shot of the path, quickly glance where others could be, ensure I could avoid any Big surprises and proceed. (All of that preparing was not a strict plan it was just a glance. So if I had to veer off the path, I would still arrive at my final deatination)
Next, I would look two feet ahead of me, glance behind me and take off!!! Push with the right, then the left. Breathe…inhale, exhale, inhale exhale. Focus on your breathing, Teena. And when I thought I couldn’t go anymore, I wasn’t strong enough, I would push even harder and cheer, “Two feet in front of me is all I gotta see!”(again)
“Two feet in front of me is all I gotta see…two feet in front of me is all I gotta see!”
Sometimes I would throw in the full mantra, but mostly I just concentrated on turning the wheels two times and moving two feet.
Isn’t this true in everything we do! I never understood why @The Little Engine that Could, began with, “I think I can.”
I do now! If he had looked at the end result the entire time he might not have made it to the the toys, on the other side of the mountain. Instead he began with just right then, right where he was at that time. He didn’t transition to, I know I can, until he had reached at least one major hurdle and enjoyed the journey along the way.
Anything you want to do big or small! Know the end result or goal, feel it for a split second. Then begin to take one step, then the next. You do not want to miss the delicious journey along the way, so you can bask in the glorious warmth and good feeling at the top.
Back to track. I love track as a sport! Because it focuses your brain to improve you for your own personal record. If you are a coach try not to focus on the end quite as much, but rather visualize the end and improve by only seeing two feet ahead, two days, two hours, or even two seconds!
You can get thru, accomplish or achieve anything you want! If you are depressed, struggling with addiction or just wanting to pedal to the top of a hill, you can do it! The key is to see it and break it down into smaller, manageable pieces!