Posts tagged goals

The Science Behind Staying Inspired

I’ll admit that sometimes I like to see if there is research to back up my beliefs about something and sometimes I deliberately ignore what “experts” might have to say because I am certain the usual rules don’t apply to me. Do you do that too?

In my experience, there are two keys to staying inspired.

The first is to focus my attention on the things, people, and experiences that cause me to feel good as often as possible.

The second is remove my focus from the things, people, and experiences that cause me to feel bad whenever I have that option.

I don’t always have the option to remove my focus from what feels bad (anyone else working on taxes right now?), but when I do, I take it.

This way of approaching life has not always made me popular, but it has been a reliable way to keep myself happy and feeling positive and inspired by life.

Research has shown that some of the best ways to stay inspired are to:

  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Meditate
  • Play games
  • Zone out
  • Do something creative

It seems to me, that the main reason so many of us feel uninspired by life is because we spend more time focused on what makes us feel bad than we do on what makes us feel good. A simple (I didn’t say easy) change in focus would lead to spending more time feeling positive, happy, and free.

This makes complete sense to me, but hey, I could be wrong and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

This weekend, practice spending more time focusing on what feels good and when you have the option to remove your focus from what feels bad, take it. Let me know how you did and how it felt.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with some resources to help you stay inspired.

All the Love,

The Dangers of Trying to Do ALL OF THE THINGS

Are you still feeling stoked after spending some time yesterday tapping into the feeling of what you’ve already achieved, and looking ahead to what you want to challenge yourself to next?

Great! Let’s keep that momentum going, but first, let’s talk about the dangers of trying to do ALL OF THE THINGS at once.

We all know the pattern, right?

This time, let’s outsmart our overly ambitious inclinations by choosing just ONE OF THE THINGS we want to challenge ourselves to achieve and put a (realistic) timeline on completing it.

If I’d set a goal to do ALL 20 yoga practices in one day (or even one week) I’d probably have worn myself out and failed (and maybe even risked injuring myself in the process).

So, let’s choose one thing we’re excited to accomplish, put a timeline on it that feels like a challenge but still doable (maybe even include taking a break?), and start working towards achieving that goal. Deal?

Remember, you want to measure success by your PROGRESS.

You DO NOT want to end up mainlining peanut butter cups at the end of the day because you didn’t accomplish the whole shebang. Right? Right.

Ok, go forth and make progress!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more inspiration and ideas to help you nail even your most ambitious challenges and goals. Look for my email tomorrow afternoon.

P.S. If you want more inspiration or to chat with me, I host a LIVE daily show called The Danielle Daily. You can tune in here weekdays at 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT to ask me questions or just soak up the good vibes. If you do pop in, be sure say hello in the comments. I don’t know who is watching unless you comment. See you there sometime!

All the love,

Your goals miss you, let’s plan a reunion!

Back on January 3, I challenged myself to create a new PR (personal record) in my yoga practice, which meant hitting my yoga mat A LOT.

20 times in just 11 days, to be exact.

It was definitely a stretch for me to squeeze practicing twice daily (with 1 scheduled day off in the middle of the challenge) into my busy life, but it was also a lot of fun to test myself and see if I could really do it.

As you can imagine, the feeling when I accomplished my goal was like having lit a huge fire (in the best possible way!). Plus, I got an added boost when I found out from the studio manager that my personal challenge had provided inspiration to many of the teachers and students who had watched me working towards my goal.

My personal challenge had provided inspiration for others. How awesome is that, right?

Don’t you get excited when you see or read about other people setting a goal or taking on a personal challenge and kicking butt at it?

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Is challenging yourself right up your alley?

I thought it would be fun if we spent the next 7 days or so celebrating what we’ve already achieved, and using that feeling of accomplishment to inspire and drive us to challenge ourselves to accomplish even more.

If you’re anything like me, you LOOOVE the feeling that comes along with NAILING a personal challenge. I’ve decided we’re going to use that feeling to spur us on to accomplish EVEN MORE.

But before we do, stop right now and take 5 minutes to write down something you have already achieved.

We’ll be using that achievement (and the positive feelings that go with it) to drive us towards achieving even more.

Did you write something down? Good.

Now, what are you going to challenge yourself to next? Harness the good feelings you received from what you have already accomplished (you did write that down, didn’t you?) and use them to drive you on towards your next goal or goals.

Also, let me know what you’re working towards so I can celebrate and feel the excitement along with you!

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon to add more fuel to the fire, so look for my email then.

All the love,

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