Why Retreat?

It gives you the time to focus on you, your goals, desires and what brings you complete satisfacton. It illuminates self care, letting go, and open things up to new possibilities.

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“Retreat is an act of moving back or withdrawing”.

Retreat is an act of moving back or withdrawing. Personally,  I consider it as an act of moving backwards to go forward. It is a purposeful act that brings meaning. It provides the opportunity to reflect on life, on our existence, identifying who we are, and where we want to be. In essence, taking stock.

Self-Retreat

A self-retreat is one where you go off by yourself. You take the time to re-discover yourself in light of what you do. It may involve shedding some things that you need to let go of in order to reconnect with yourself and build your self-awareness. You do this through reflection which can lead to self-discovery, self-development, as well as increased self-esteem, and self-love.  Renewal of the self is important.

Ways to Retreat

For years my company organized retreats. We would do it for all employees, departments, or at the managerial level in order to drive the year’s annual goals. It proved to be an exercise that I have valued throughout time.

That said, retreats can be elaborate or quite simple. It can be at a resort, at a conference or success symposium, in a cabin in the woods, or a simple retreat in your own home. At-home-retreats can be risky due to the distraction of everyday life. But if you are disciplined and create that ‘away’ space for the duration of your retreat, it can still be quite useful. Hey, better to do something than nothing.

Just as long as the purpose is being met a retreat can be a transformational experience. It gives you the time to focus on you, your goals, desires and what brings you complete satisfacton. It illuminates self care, letting go, and open things up to new possibilities.

Why not use today to plan your retreat? Once done return here and share your experience. Or if you have been doing retreats throughout time, what has been your most satisfying experience? Do share.

Cheers!

It’s Never too Late…

Harland Sanders founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken started his franchise business at the age of 65! That is retirement!

It is never too late to start.

Harland Sanders founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken started his franchise business at the age of 65! That is retirement! Who would have thought that someone could venture out doing something so magnificent at that age? I am sure he was hesistant about this dream. But he did it anyway, and you know what? It became a huge success many, many years after he’s gone.

We also name others like John Pemberton who started Coca-Cola at the age of 55. Ray Kroc who started McDonalds at age 52.  Craig Newmark founded CraigsList at 42, and Robert Noyce founded Intel at 41!

These are just a few of society’s household names that ventured out into the unknown late in their life. So today if you are feeling overwhelmed and feel you are in a mid-life crisis in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s, reflect on these individuals who achieved big things. It proves that we can accomplish anything that we set our minds to no matter the stage in life.

Reflect deeply. Be comforted. Age is just a number. Be patient. Remain Calm. Plan, put your plans into action, cry privately if you must, but never, ever give up! Remember…it’s never too late to start.

Cheers to your success!

 

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Your Fortune starts with the first step. From bottom up. As “thegoodquote” reminded…Don’t be like most people.

Make that move right now.

Cheers!

 

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And relax…

The Sea. The waves. Sunrise. Sunset. Clouds. The sky.

The Sea. The waves. Sunrise. Sunset. Clouds. The sky.

Bask in the beauty of nature.

Listen. Hear the waves.

Breathe. Tea sips. Sleep.

Write…yes write

Smile at babies.

Look up, stare at the stars, the sun, the moon, your love.

and Relax. All are simple ways.

 

Exhale…

 

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Moods ‘n’ Pills: Truth or Dare…

Mood: A temporary state of mind or feeling

A well known executive was overcome with emotion and challenges associated with business scrutiny from authorities, succumbed to an overdose. Celebrities mix pills n potions (Niki Minaj), and too often succumb to overdose intentionally or unintentionally mixing alcohol or prescription drugs. But before we jump to criticize, let’s be cautioned… this can happen to a beloved family member too. It’s all in how it’s handled.

Mood is a temporary state of mind or feeling. Emphasis on the word ‘temporary‘. Often we get memorized with the sense that our mood, our situation will last forever. We are blinded and can’t see the road ahead…the future. We become blinded by the challenges of the here and now.

Moody

Being Moody isn’t always an easy pill to swallow for those close to dealing with it.When the problems come and some feel that they cannot handle it, some choose to take a pill out. To sleep, to dream, to make it all go away. But taking a pill out has never solved any problem… it is only a way of diverting the problem from where it is for a short period of time. The solution is in what we do as a direct confrontation to the problem and through finding the means to confront the issue.


Is it sickness? Call a doctor. Is it financial ? Get a job, change your job, or add a part-time gig. Is it business, or relationship on the job or at home? Find a coach. Talk about it to find a solution. If all else fails move on. Your life and sanity is more important.

Today remember life is a journey that comes with highs and lows. When the lows hit as they will, plan for it. Know where to turn to get the help you need to ride the waves. Relax Life’s journey was never meant to ride alone.

Cheers!

Fishing for Goal…

“The most important thing …is not winning but taking part; 

The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well”

Got Big Goals? Don’t be afraid? Just do it. Big goals stretch us. The journey of reaching for them builds our stamina, our resilience. We find out things about ourselves that we never knew existed. Along the path we encourage others with the spirit to never-give- up. When the odds are against us, we learn to bounce back. Our desire to achieve and it’s in the trek that we find ourselves. We find who we are. We discover others and things that distract that we  must negate from our lives. Fishing out people who discourage us, we would do well to keep at a distance.

So let’s remember that the essential thing in life is not conquering but …let us fight well.

Cheers!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

there’s always the Grinch but they’re just a few, so let’s not let them spoil it for us too.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas! The Holidays! Whatever you call it… to me its the most wonderful time of the year! People are kind, joyful, generous, smiling, pretty-all dressed up for those office parties, and family gatherings! There’s sumptuous food, Folly jolly chocolate delights, gifts and so much more! Yes, I know there’s always the Grinch but they’re just a few, so let’s not let them spoil it for us too.

Music of the Season

The season kicks off with holiday music… and today I would love to share them all!  Hey, I’m just kidding! I will just share 11 of my favs!

  1. All I want want for Christmas is you (Mariah Carey)
  2. It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Andy Williams)
  3. Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)
  4. Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)
  5. Mary did you know (Pentatonix)
  6. Silent Night (Temptations)
  7. Last Christmas (Bing Crosby)
  8. Let it Snow (Dean Martin)
  9. This Christmas (Chris Brown)
  10. You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch (Thurl Ravenscroft)
  11. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (Johnny Mathis)

 

Am I missing any of your personal favs? Do Share!

Cheers!

25 Goals that Inspire

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

— Wayne Gretsky

  1. Begin with the end in mind. — Stephen Covey
  2. A year from now you may wish you had started today. ― Karen Lamb
  3. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt
  4. A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. — Bo Bennett
  5. You haven’t failed until you quit trying. — Anonymous
  6. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. — Earl Nightingale
  7. Goals are dreams with deadlines. ― Diana Scharf
  8. Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you. — Jeffrey Gitomer
  9. One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves. — Karen Casey
  10. Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal. — Elbert Hubbard
  11. Life’s problems wouldn’t be called ‘hurdles’ if there wasn’t a way to get over them. — Author Unknown
  12. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. — Jimmy Dean
  13. You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. – Stephen King
  14. Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — Napoleon Hill
  15. If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life that you want, you’re going to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” — Kevin Ngo
  16. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretsky
  17. Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” — Robert G Allen
  18. God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them. — Author Unknown
  19. Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal. — Elbert Hubbard
  20. Any unforeseen challenges that crop up are only there to test your resolve on your way to ultimate success in reaching your goal. — Byron Pulsifer
  21. I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants. — Zig Ziglar
  22. Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try. — Dennis DeYoung
  23. If you’re bored with life — you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals. — Lou Holtz
  24. You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. — Dale Carnegie
  25. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Missing anything? Start today.

Cheers!