My Passion Fatigue

Hello people,

For a little while now I’ve been suffering from “passion fatigue”. I’ve written about my ailment and thought I’d share the post with you all over here, since I believe much of what I had to say could be pertinent to someone who follows, or visits this blog, who is committed to pursuing their passion, achieving their dreams, discovering their God-ordained purpose.

Let me know if anything in this post resonates with you. You can leave a comment in the box below. Seriously! I’d appreciate your feedback.

Women of Warfare! (WOW!)

I’ve not written in my writing journal since 1stJuly.

I’ve not worked on my project since 30th June.

I’ve not been actively writing on my two blogs.

I’ve been lackadaisical for 15 days – possibly longer!

Even today, I didn’t feel like doing anything. Didn’t feel like pursuing my passion. Didn’t feel like writing.

At the back of my mind, I’ve known I should push past this feeling and just get on and do. I know when I put my mind to it that inertia flees and the interest returns. Even now as I write, I sense the spark of enthusiasm igniting. And, strange though it may sound, even my fingers feel exhilarated, as they move across the keyboard. I’m back – just like that!

So what kept me away?

Self-sabotage!

At least that’s part of the story.

The other part is that the Enemy is at work…

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Are You Committed?

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

Unlock your SUCCESS!

 

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THEME WORD:

            CHANGE

  • To make or become different
  • To substitute one thing for another
  • To remove and replace with something different
  • A variation from one’s regular habit
  • To alter gear
  • To adopt a different intention or opinion (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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In a recent post I sought to encourage people to be the change, i.e. a positive force for good, in the lives of others around them.

However, we cannot be for others, what we are not for our own selves. In my own life, I realised I had to change – change my thoughts, change my attitudes, change my conduct.

If we have not achieved success doing the same old things we’ve done in the past, guess what? We have to change!

Whether we desire success in our business, career, relationships, or other goals, I can guarantee that nine times out of ten, some kind of change needs to happen in our lives. And a change of habit, a change of outlook, a change of any kind requires commitment.

How committed are you to making that necessary change?

Below is a 4mins video that I hope inspires you – not only today whilst you are reading this post but whenever you require a boost. In fact, let me encourage you to keep some kind of motivational portfolio that you can turn to during times of defeat, despair or discouragement.

 

 

Whoo Hoo! Make way for the change-makers, the destiny-pursuers and the dream-achievers!

 

SELF-SCRUTINY

What changes will you commit to making, in order to be ‘the change’ in your circle of influence?

 

Focus, Focus, Focus!

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: FOCUS

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Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.

Roy T. Bennett

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To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.

T.F. Hodge

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You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.

Sabrina Bryan

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I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.

Venus Williams

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When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.

Joel Osteen

 

The following is a short motivational video encouraging us to focus on our dreams.

 

SELF-SCRUTINY:

When it comes to following your dreams and pursuing your goals, have you  allowed your focus to be broken?

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers – Have a blessed and focused week!

 

How To Be Effective

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You become effective

By being selective.

(Rick Warren – The Purpose Driven Life)

 

Dear Dream-achiever,

And Purpose-driven believer,

 

Select the company you keep

Select the kind of food you eat

 

Select the literature you read

Select the harvest of your seed

 

Select the thoughts you contemplate

Reject the paths of war and hate

 

Select the habits you must maintain

To secure your dreams and joy sustain.

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Do you know…?

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Hello people,

I just wanted to post something short, sweet and motivational to set you up for the week ahead.  This song has been revolving around my mind for several weeks and I managed to find a short video that I think serves my purpose. Listen. Enjoy. Reflect and be inspired!

 

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

IF IT’S GOING TO BE – IT’S UP TO ME!

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

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THEME WORD: Motivation

Your motivation must come from within, and the first principle of motivation – as in any change of behaviour – is to want to change and have a very good reason for doing so.

How To be Motivated All The Time – Peter J Daniels

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Unlock your SUCCESS!
Unlock your SUCCESS!

 

Years ago, I used to attend a Christian Conference hosted by Don Stewart an evangelist. There is a quote I recall from those days, which has stuck in my mind over the years. It is: “If it’s going to be – it’s up to me!”

Success (as we define it – not as the advertising world, celebrities, or other media determines), is up to us. Your success is up to you! My success is up to me!

Have you written down what success looks like for you personally? If you haven’t, how will you know whether you are on the right path or not? How will you recognise when you’ve taken a detour and need to re-join the correct road? If you haven’t, you risk being blown off course by every ill, or fair wind of suggestion. Don’t subscribe to the “one-size-fits-all” scheme. Compose a bespoke plan. And once you have your plan, get to work!

This morning I listened to an excellent motivational video from which I wrote down the following notes:

  1. Success requires work. It is not going to be handed to you on a silver platter
  2. If you are unhappy with your current circumstances, become your own facilitator of change
  3. Stop looking outside of yourself – realise that the ingredients for your success are inside you
  4. Don’t be afraid or too proud to seek help (i.e. advice, principles, strategies, solutions) and don’t assume people know what you need, or expect others to anticipate your needs – be bold and ask!
  5. Don’t be a lone ranger. Locate your success crew and build mutually enhancing relationships
  6. Learn to speak the language of success fluently
  7. Focus on being the best version of you possible.

Below is the 4min motivational video from which I made my above notes. I would encourage you to take the time to watch.

Now to those of you who choose to invest in your success portfolio by watching the above video, may I ask you to share below which success key challenged, inspired, or spoke something afresh to you?

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers have a great Monday. If you have not already done so, may you soon find your own pathway to SUCCESS.

 

 

Blogging Break

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Dear fellow bloggers, followers and visitors,

 When I first started blogging I had no idea just how time-consuming this would be. I had not reckoned on the time it takes to interact with others, or the amount of time required to maintain a site. Even though I don’t post as regularly as some others, I’ve found my posting schedule difficult to maintain.

 For various reasons, I’ve decided to take a 2-3 month break from blogging, so this will be my last post for a while.

thank-you(OberholsterVenita)-971644_960_720I’d like to thank all those who have visited and supported me with your comments, likes and encouragement and trust you will still be around when I return.  And I’d like to thank all those bloggers who have, despite their personal trials and busy lives, made time to share their inspirational posts, creative endeavours and beautiful images which have truly, truly blessed me these past few months. Keep up the excellent work and I look forward to re-connecting with you in the near future.

 Best wishes,

 Carol (aka Lady Cee)

 

Pursue Creativity

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Creativity:

  • the ability to make new things or think of new ideas
  • the quality of being creative
  • the ability to create

Merriam Webster Dictionary

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 In my post Unlock Your Potential, I said:

as human beings, made in the likeness of our creative Father, [we] share the same incredible potential to find creative solutions in whatever context we may find ourselves. We have the same ability to make valuable contributions to the world in which we live”.

 

As purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, are we nurturing a spirit of creativity in our lives?

I have selected the following inspirational quotes in a bid to both influence our thoughts about and, encourage us toward creativity, whilst we pursue our dreams… whilst we journey towards our destiny.

 

  • Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward de Bono

 

  • Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems. Martin Seligman

 

  • There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. Brene Brown

 

  •  An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land

 

  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs

 

  • I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few. Brene Brown

 

  • When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued. Julia Margaret Cameron

 

  • There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren

 

  • Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. Edward de Bono

 

  • A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice. Tabatha Coffey

 

SELF SCRUTINY

Did any of the above quotes resonate with you?

If creativity is not something you have actively pursued in your life to date, have any of the above quotes inspired you to change that this year?

If creativity has been a feature of recent endeavours, were you happy with the result? Bearing my above quote in mind, how did it make a positive contribution to the lives of others?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. Please share your comments in the box below.

Go Forth And Motivate Thyself!

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

(2nd and last Mondays of each month)

 

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MOTIVATION:

Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that activate behavior. In everyday usage, the term motivation is frequently used to describe why a person does something.

(Definition taken from About.com)

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Hi dear reader!

It’s March already, so I thought I’d check how things are going with you all regarding your goals, dreams and endeavours as purpose-driven believers and/or dream-achievers. So how are you getting on?

If you are anything like me, you have perhaps faltered along the way. If so, don’t be disheartened, don’t feel condemned and most importantly, don’t give up! If you haven’t yet started you’ve still got 10 months, or you can begin your year from March 2016 to February 2017, or for 12 months from whatever month you decide to begin! The choice is yours – just get started.

I’ve recently been thinking about motivation, particularly self-motivation and here’s what I discovered:

There are 3 elements to self-motivation (activation, persistence, focus)

 

  • ACTIVATION – Have you got a dream or a goal? Have you planned, or have you begun to plan how you will accomplish that goal or realise that dream? Have you started on whatever task you need to do, which will take you from A to B and so on until you reach Z?

 

  • PERSISTENCE – Have you made up your mind to continue on your dream pathway despite any difficulties you may encounter, or discouragement you may face?

 

  • FOCUS – Are you concentrating your energies and focusing your attention upon your intended goal?

 

Perhaps you find yourself lacking in motivation. If you can’t put your finger on why that is, check out this post for possible answers: (6 reasons why we lack motivation).

Finally, remember as Christians we face an ongoing onslaught from our Enemy designed to undermine our faith, break our focus and bring discouragement. It’s too easy when faced by obstacles or opposition, to throw in the towel. Listen to what this writer has to say on the subject:

The best antidote to discouragement is motivation. A person who is both personally and permanently motivated doesn’t give up easily!

(Barry Chant – author and founder of Tabor College, Australia)

 

So, purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, be encouraged. Go forth and motivate thyself!

 

SELF SCRUTINY:

Do you lack motivation, or are you unsure how to motivate yourself? If so, the following suggestions may help (25 ways to motivate self).

Did you find something useful? Then why not share below which idea you intend to adopt?

However, if you are someone who is highly, or consistently motivated, please share your strategies for self-motivation in the comment box below.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Is Your Life-Metaphor Flawed?

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Metaphor:

  • An expression in which the person, action or thing referred to is described as if it really were what it merely resembles (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

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In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren states that the way we see our lives will shape our lives. He says, whether consciously or unconsciously, our life-metaphor (the internal image we have of life) will influence how we conduct our lives. For example, if you see your life as a showcase, this will probably influence the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the house you live in and the people you associate with.

With regard to the image we have of our lives, Warren says:

Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. It determines your expectations, your values, your relationships, your goals, and your priorities.

Warren also suggests that we might be conducting our lives on the basis of a flawed life-metaphor. He then challenges us to see our lives from God’s point of view and highlights three life-metaphors revealed in the Bible. They are:

Life is a:

  • TEST – Consider Abraham and Joseph (who passed)  Judas and Peter (who failed)*
  • TRUST – Consider Adam & Eve (entrusted with the Garden of Eden and the earth), the servants in Christ’s Parable of the Talents (entrusted with their master’s resources)**
  • TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT – Consider biblical terms, such as Christ’s ambassador, Steward, Pilgrim, which describe our earthly roles, or the mindset we should be adopting.***

*Genesis 22:10-18; Genesis 50:15-21; Luke 22:3-6; Luke 22:54-62

**Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:8, 15; Matthew 25:14-29

***2 Corinthians 5:20; Luke 12:42-44; 1 Peter 2:11

 

SELF SCRUTINY:

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers, given the above, how does your current life-metaphor fit with God’s perspective? Have you been challenged to change your outlook, or have these 3 metaphors brought clarity regarding your life experiences of the past?

I’d love to hear from you. Please share your response in the comment box below.

 

NB: if you would like to explore Rick Warren’s views as revealed in his book The Purpose Driven Life, you may want to visit the following website. You can also purchase this book from Amazon.